Managing Global Risks and Creating Prosperity: the Role of the IMF and Regional Financial Architectures
In this paper,following an evolutionary theory of international financial institutions-- called "the extended panda's thumb" approach-- the role of IMF under the present globalization moves is analyzed. It is shown that IMF must change in a direction which allows for greater national policy autonomy. It is also shown that the IMF needs complementary regional institutions of cooperation in order to create a stabilizing financial architecture. Thus regional financial architectures will need to be integral parts of any new global financial architecture(GFA).The tentative steps taken towards regional cooperation in Asia after the financial crisis are discussed to illustrate the opportunities and challenges posed by the need to evolve towards a hybrid GFA.
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