By Ralph C. Bryant

Spanning the disciplines of economics, finance, political economic climate and diplomacy, this analytical evaluation is a mainstream "primer" for outlining the problems of the area economic climate and catalyzing a fruitful public debate. It additionally bargains useful suggestions for policymakers.

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The stocktaking in chapter 13 focuses on the evolution of international collective governance for the world economy and financial system. It reviews main themes and broad principles and selectively highlights key political issues. An underlying objective for the concluding chapter is to sketch an interim vision of how the world polity and financial system might evolve for the first several decades of the twenty-first century. Inevitably, some readers will not be able to take the time to read every chapter in the book.

Because the specialized analyses have been deleted, the normative recommendations in the second half of the book necessarily are summarized. Restructured and rewritten versions of the original specialized material may be found in three companion volumes, comprising the series Pragmatic 16 Introduction Choices for International Financial Governance, likewise published by the Brookings Institution. The companion volumes, titled Crisis Prevention and Prosperity Management for the World Economy, Prudential Oversight and Standards for the World Financial System, and Crisis Management for the World Financial System, are described further at the beginning of chapter 9.

The IMF also has a prominent role in reforms for prudential financial oversight. Chapter 10 thus concludes with analysis of alternative views about the IMF’s institutional mandate and recommendations for how it should be defined. The recommendations summarized in chapters 9 and 10 are discussed and justified in detail in the three backstopping volumes in the companion series Pragmatic Choices for International Financial Governance. The final chapters in the book provide concluding overviews, taking stock of the conclusions and complexities of the earlier analyses.

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