The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 Meltdown

Hardcover | June 18, 2014

byEric Helleiner

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The 2008 financial crisis was the worst since the Great Depression and many voices argued that it would transform global financial governance. Analysts anticipated a "Bretton Woods moment", referring to the 1944 conference that established the postwar international financial order. Widespreadexpectations of change were then reinforced by the creation of the G20 leaders' forum, extensive debates about the dollar's global role, the launching of international financial regulatory reforms, and the establishment of the Financial Stability Board. But half a decade later, how much has really changed? In The Status Quo Crisis, Helleiner surveys the landscape and argues that continuity has marked global financial governance more than dramatic transformation. The G20 leaders forum contributed much less to the management of the crisis thanadvertised. The US dollar remains unchallenged as the world's dominant international currency. The market-friendly nature of pre-crisis international financial regulation has been not overturned in a significant manner. And the Financial Stability Board has strengthened the governance ofinternational financial standards in only very modest ways. What we are left with are some small-bore incremental changes that, collectively, have not fundamentally restructured the governance of the global financial system. Helleiner argues that this strangely conservative result was generated partly by the structural power and active policy choices of thecountry at the center of the crisis: the United States. Status quo outcomes also reflected the unexpected weakness of Europe and conservatism of policymakers in large emerging market countries. Only if this distinct configuration of power and politics among and within influential states shifted inthe coming years might the 2008 crisis leave a more transformative legacy over the longer term. Cutting against much of the received wisdom on offer today, The Status Quo Crisis will be essential reading for those interested in the politics of global finance and for anyone curious how expectations of change can be thwarted after even in the most dire of crises.

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The 2008 financial crisis was the worst since the Great Depression and many voices argued that it would transform global financial governance. Analysts anticipated a "Bretton Woods moment", referring to the 1944 conference that established the postwar international financial order. Widespreadexpectations of change were then reinforced ...

Eric Helleiner is Professor of Political Science and CIGI Chair in International Political Economy, University of Waterloo, and author of States and the Reemergence of Global Finance (Cornell UP) and The Making of National Money (Cornell UP).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199973636

ISBN - 13:9780199973637

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PrefaceList of Abbreviations1. Introduction and Overview2. Was the G20 an Effective New Global Crisis Manager?3. Was the Dollar's Role as the World's Key Currency Undermined?4. Was the Market-Friendly Nature of International Financial Standards Overturned?5. Was a New Fourth Pillar of Global Economic Architecture Created?6. What Next?Works Cited