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Banking on the Future:
The Fall and Rise of Central Banking
Howard Davies & David Green

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"We get an insider's view of the nuts and bolts of central banking, but not so inside that the authors are uncritical. They readily identify the pressure to change regulations or advice when regulators feel under pressure to display expertise in new issues. . . . These are snippets of insight that only critical insiders know how to capture."--Dick Bryan, Australian Review of Public Affairs


"Not long ago, national central banks were endowed with wide-ranging authority, enormous prestige, and a high degree of independence. Today, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, rethinking their functioning and their modus operandi is both natural and needed. Howard Davies and David Green write on this issue with authority, reflecting their practical experience, political sensitivity, and high analytic skills."--Paul Volcker, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and current chairman of the U.S. Economic Recovery Advisory Board

"Banking on the Future provides the most comprehensive and lucid analysis of the pressing challenges faced by central banks. The book clearly shows how monetary policy and financial stability concerns have drifted apart in recent years and the crucial role this dichotomy has played in the run up to the crisis. Davies and Green put forward precise, cogent, and practical recommendations for the future. It is urgent and important that policymakers ponder and act on these proposals."--Jacques de Larosière, chairman of the Strategic Committee of the French Treasury and former governor of the Banque de France

"An indispensable book for practitioners and students alike. The authors write from a depth of central banking experience, and have witnessed at close hand the disastrous consequences of separating monetary policy from financial regulation. They provide a convincing plan for reuniting the two."--William Keegan, senior economics commentator, Observer

"The great credit crisis of 2007-9 begs the question: how much do we need to rethink central banking? The explosive issues include whether central banks should lean against asset bubbles, whether inflation targeting needs to be reconsidered, and whether strong independence is compatible with the expanding responsibilities assumed by central banks. There is no one more reliable than Davies and Green for guiding us through this minefield."--Barry Eichengreen, author of The European Economy since 1945

"An extraordinary book that asks all the right and very difficult questions, and manages to suggest some of the answers."--Guido Tabellini, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan

"This is a timely book on an important subject. It represents a significant contribution to the literature on central banking, and draws on historical, political, economic, business, and sociological considerations."--Rosa M. Lastra, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London

"In the wake of recent financial disturbances, there have been many papers and books on what went wrong, and on what changes there have to be in the private financial sector and the behavior of regulators. There has, however, been very little written on the implications for central banks. This is an excellent, clear, and important book."--Geoffrey E. Wood, Cass Business School, City University London

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