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Capital Ideas:
The IMF and the Rise of Financial Liberalization
Jeffrey M. Chwieroth

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"[Capital Ideas] is an absorbing narrative of the varying IMF's intellectual processes at work. Many may find it academic in approach--and it is. Nevertheless, the book is an important read for those who wish to understand our economic environment to be better masters of our own destiny."--Srikanth Srinivas, Businessworld

"All in all, the book offers a comprehensive explanation of the international financial flow: mechanisms, institutions, causes and effects. . . . [I]ts language is clear and accessible to all."--Rodica Milena Zaharia, European Legacy

"Chwieroth's book is captivating and persuasive because of a rare combination of interviews with former IMF staff, archival research, and original survey evidence, with an impressive overview of a diverse secondary literature."--Cristina Bodea, Perspectives on Politics


"Chwieroth gives us an in-depth and fair account of what the staff of the International Monetary Fund came to believe about freedom of capital flows and, more importantly, why the IMF holds those beliefs and how its views have evolved over the past six decades. Capital Ideas will be a valuable source for researchers studying one of the key economic policy issues of our time."--James M. Boughton, author of Silent Revolution: The International Monetary Fund, 1979-1989

"This is a fascinating and important book that every student of the International Monetary Fund should read and absorb. Chwieroth buttresses his argument with impressive interview and archival research and poses a serious challenge to previous scholarship about the liberalization of global finance."--Randall Stone, University of Rochester

"What works so well about Capital Ideas is Jeffrey Chwieroth's commitment to understanding historical change and to the very challenging task of getting inside the 'black box' that is the International Monetary Fund. Chwieroth convincingly knocks down some cherished assumptions about international financial institutions and international organizations more broadly. This is a most interesting book and it is likely to be widely read and become a standard work in the field."--Timothy J. Sinclair, University of Warwick

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