1st Edition

Handbook of Global Economic Governance Players, Power and Paradigms

Edited By Manuela Moschella, Catherine Weaver Copyright 2014

    Since mid-2007, the world scenario has been dominated by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis and its repercussions on global financial markets and economic growth. As banks around the world wrote down their losses and governments intervened to rescue domestic financial institutions, financial distress severely hit the real economy leading to what has been widely defined as the worst recession since the 1930s. Under these conditions, along with the immediate concern for stemming the effects of the crisis, policy-makers around the world have been debating the long-term measures that have to be adopted in order to reduce the likelihood of future crises and to ensure stable economic growth. Although this debate has not yet produced significant transformations, it indicates a renewed concern about the institutional architecture that is meant to govern the global economic and financial system.

    This book tackles the issue of what the governance of the global economic and financial system looks like and what the prospects for its reform are. Specifically, the book will address the following three main themes:

    Governance: What is governance in the international economic system? What forms

    does it take? How did it come about? How can we study it?;

    Functions of governance: What are the functions of global economic governance? Who

    performs them? What are the rules and mechanisms that make global governance


    Problems and prospects of governance: What are the problems in global economic governance? Is there a trade-off between legitimacy and efficiency? What are the prospects for reform of global economic governance in the aftermath of the global financial crisis?

    This book will:

    • Provide a thorough analysis of the issues at stake in designing international rules and institutions able to govern the global economy;
    • illustrate and analyze virtually all the main institutions, rules, and arrangements that make up global economic governance, inscribing them within the function these institutions, rules, and arrangements are meant to perform;
    • discuss the problems that affect today’s global economic governance and assess alternative proposals to reform the international financial architecture.

    Section 1: Introduction  1. Global Economic Governance: Players, Power and Paradigms Manuela Moschella and Catherine Weaver  Section 2: Governing Global Trade  2. Plus ça change? Business as usual in the Governance of Global Trade Rorden Wilkinson  3. Does sunshine make a difference? How transparency brings the trading system to life Robert Wolfe  4. Adaptation and Change in EU Trade Governance: The EU's Paradigm Shift from Multilateralism to Regionalism and Bilateralism Eugenia da Conceição-Heldt  5. Global Economic Governance: Intellectual Property Susan K. Sell  6. Governing Trade in Global Food and Agriculture Jennifer Clapp and Kim Burnett  Section 3: Global Governance of Finance and Money  7. The Historical Origins and Development of Global Financial Governance Randall Germain  8. The G20 and Global Financial Regulation Lora Viola  9. The Role of Private Governance in Global Finance Tony Porter and Heather McKeen-Edwards  10. The Financial Stability Board Stefano Pagliari  11. The International Monetary Fund's Evolving Role in Global Economic Governance Steve Nelson  12. Governing Capital Flows Kevin Gallagher  13. The Governance of Black Holes of the World Economy: Shadow Banking and Offshore Finance Ronen Palan and Anastasia Nesvetailova  14. The Eurozone Crisis: Growing Pains or Doomed from the Start? Matthias Matthijis  15. The Future of the Dollar? Minh Ly  Section 4: Governing Development  16. The History of International Development Aid David Williams  17. The World Bank in the Post-Structural Adjustment Era Matthew S. Winters and Shyam Kulkami  18. The UN and Global Development Stephen Browne  19. Global Economic Governance and the Regional Development Banks Jonathan Strand  20. Non-DAC Donors and the Changing Landscape of Bilateral Aid Mike Findley and Katherine Kitterman  21. Private Transnational Governance of Economic Development: International Development Aid Tim Buthe and Cindy Cheng  Section 5: Crisis and Change in Global Economic Governance Today  22. The contradictions of post-crisis global economic governance Dan Drezner


    Manuela Moschella is Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Turin, Italy. Previously, she was ‘Nino Andreatta Fellow’ at the University of Bologna, Italy and Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, USA and at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She is the author of Governing Risk: The IMF and Global Financial Crises (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and one of the editors of Great Expectations, Slow Transformations: Incremental Change in Post-crisis Regulation (ECPR Press, 2013). Her core research interests include the politics of financial regulatory reforms and processes of change in global economic governance. She has published on these issues in a number of journals, including the Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, the Journal of Public Policy, and Comparative European Politics. Catherine Weaver is Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, where she directs the MA programme in Global Policy Studies and co-directs the research programme on Innovations for Peace and Development. She conducts extensive research on the organizational behaviour and reform of international financial institutions, the political economy of global development aid and the use of GIS (geographic information system) technology to track and map international development and climate adaptation aid world-wide. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the author of Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press, 2008) and co-editor (with Nicola Phillips) of International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (Routledge Press, 2010).