The Ghost of Bancor
Essays on the Crisis, Europe and the Global Monetary Order

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa’s last essays, written between 2008 and 2010, focus on two main topics. On one side, the author investigates the underlying flaws and the root-causes of the economic and financial crisis that started in 2007, arguing for the necessity of a new international monetary order and a new global standard: ‘Murdered in Bretton Woods over 70 years ago, Bancor has returned to claim his due.’ On the other side, the volume deals with the destiny of Europe and the single currency, on the assumption that ‘the Euro remains on the right side of history,’ but emphasizing with growing alarm the absence of a governing power in the EU parallel to and complementing the monetary union. In this regard, Padoa-Schioppa highlights the inadequacy of the ideologies thinking merely in terms of ‘House in Order,’ judging them as ineffectual and a potential trigger of new forms of nationalism. Limiting sovereignty to the sole national level, as the prevailing ideology still argues, is intellectually inconsistent and practically ineffective. The different ‘public goods’ – e.g. health care, defense and security, environmental protection, global macroeconomic and financial stability – can indeed be best provided, and should consequently be pursued, by a body operating at the specific level where each of these goods can be more efficiently achieved: be it the local or the regional authority, the national government, the European Union or the global institutions.

(1940-2010) is widely recognized as a key architect of the Euro and a driving force behind European integration. During his long and distinguished career he has held important positions in several institutions. He was Finance Minister in the Italian Government, Chairman of the Ministerial Committee of the IMF, and President of Notre Europe. Prior to that, he was Member of the Executive Committee of the ECB, Chairman of the Italian Financial Regulation Authority, Deputy Director General at Banca d’Italia, and Director General at the European Commission. He has been also Joint Secretary to the Delors Committee for the Study of the EMU and a member of the Group of Thirty.

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Editore: Il Mulino

Pubblicazione online: 2017
Isbn edizione digitale: 9788815331946
DOI: 10.978.8815/331946

Pubblicazione a stampa: 2017
Isbn edizione a stampa: 9788815267894
Collana: Fuori collana
Pagine: 168

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