The Political Economy of Trade Finance: Export Credit Agencies, the Paris Club and the IMF, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Political Economy of Trade Finance

Export Credit Agencies, the Paris Club and the IMF, 1st Edition

By Pamela Blackmon


126 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Export Credit Agencies provide insurance and guarantees to domestic firms in the event that payment is not received from an importer. Thus, ECAs reduce uncertainties domestic firms face in exporting their goods. Most countries have ECAs that operate as official or quasi-official branches of their governments and they therefore represent an important part of government strategies to facilitate trade, promote domestic industry and distribute foreign aid.

The Political Economy of Trade Finance provides a detailed analysis as to how firms use the medium and longer-term financing provided by ECAs to export goods to developing countries. It also explains how ECA arrears have contributed to the debt of developing countries and illustrates how the commercial interests of ECA activity are evident in decisions about IMF arrangements and related to Paris Club debt rescheduling agreements. Finally, the book documents how the medium and longer-term export credit insurance support provided by the G-7 ECAs was a central component in mitigating steep declines in international trade during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. This book is of great interest to both academics and students in the field of political economy, finance and politics of international trade. It is also of importance to policy makers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Insuring and Financing Trade

Chapter 2: Exporting Goods to Developing Countries

Chapter 3: Paris Club Debt Rescheduling and the HIPC Initiative

Chapter 4: The Cyclical Process: the IMF, Debt Rescheduling and Export Credits

Chapter 5: Increasing Trade during the Crisis


About the Author

Pamela Blackmon is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, USA. Her research focuses on the policies of the international financial institutions, and she is currently examining the role of ECAs in international trade and finance.

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Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General