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Author Adolph, Christopher, 1976- author

Title Bankers, bureaucrats, and central bank politics : the myth of neutrality / Christopher Adolph
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 357 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge series in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents 1. Agents, institutions, and the political economy of performance -- 3. Central banker careers and inflation in industrial democracies -- 4. Careers and monetary policy process -- 5. Careers and inflation in developing countries -- 6. How central bankers use their independence -- 7. Partisan governments, labor unions, and monetary policy -- 8. The politics of central banker appointment -- 9. The politics of central banker tenure -- 10. Conclusion: The Dilemma of Discretion
Summary "Most studies of the political economy of money focus on the laws protecting central banks from government interference; this book turns to the overlooked people who actually make monetary policy decisions. Using formal theory and statistical evidence from dozens of central banks across the developed and developing worlds, this book shows that monetary policy agents are not all the same. Molded by specific professional and sectoral backgrounds and driven by career concerns, central bankers with different career trajectories choose predictably different monetary policies. These differences undermine the widespread belief that central bank independence is a neutral solution for macroeconomic management. Instead, through careful selection and retention of central bankers, partisan governments can and do influence monetary policy - preserving a political trade-off between inflation and real economic performance even in an age of legally independent central banks."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-342) and index
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Subject Banks and banking, Central -- Political aspects.
Monetary policy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012027612
ISBN 1139506765 (electronic bk.)
1139616811 (electronic bk.)
1139626116 (electronic bk.)
9781139506762 (electronic bk.)
9781139613095 (EBL)
9781139616812 (electronic bk.)
9781139626118 (electronic bk.)