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Book presentation by Juliet Johnson: Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World

Dates:
  • Thu 14 Dec 2017 17.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2017-12-14 17:00 2017-12-14 18:30 Europe/Paris Book presentation by Juliet Johnson: Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World

Comparative/International Political Economy Working Group

Abstract: Priests of Prosperity explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. Juliet Johnson conducted more than 160 interviews in seventeen countries with central bankers, international assistance providers, policymakers, and private-sector finance professionals over the course of fifteen years. She argues that a powerful transnational central banking community concentrated in Western Europe and North America integrated postcommunist central bankers into its network, shaped their ideas about the role of central banks, and helped them develop modern tools of central banking. As the comfortable certainties of the past collapse around them, today's central bankers in the postcommunist world find themselves torn between allegiance to their transnational community and its now-contested principles on the one hand and their increasingly complex and politicized national roles on the other.

Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Comparative/International Political Economy Working Group

Abstract: Priests of Prosperity explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. Juliet Johnson conducted more than 160 interviews in seventeen countries with central bankers, international assistance providers, policymakers, and private-sector finance professionals over the course of fifteen years. She argues that a powerful transnational central banking community concentrated in Western Europe and North America integrated postcommunist central bankers into its network, shaped their ideas about the role of central banks, and helped them develop modern tools of central banking. As the comfortable certainties of the past collapse around them, today's central bankers in the postcommunist world find themselves torn between allegiance to their transnational community and its now-contested principles on the one hand and their increasingly complex and politicized national roles on the other.


Location:
Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Organiser:
Prof. Dorothee Bohle (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Julian Limberg (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Christina Henriette La Cour (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Speaker:
Prof. Juliet Johnson (McGill University)
 
 

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