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Reform of the International Monetary System

Reform of the International Monetary System
The Palais Royal Initiative

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Jack T. Boorman - Advisor to the Director of IMF's Independent Evaluation Office, Washington DC, USA
  • Andre Icard - Banque de France

November 2011 | 388 pages | SAGE India
September 2008 saw the United States financial system at the edge of collapse, with the tightly integrated global financial system following close behind. But that was only a symptom of the problems that generated the ensuing crisis. The more fundamental cause lay in some of the practices that had developed in many of the major financial institutions. The emergence of perverse incentives helped create a credit bubble that eventually burst. But even these failures of the financial system, by themselves, would have been unlikely to cause a crisis of the scale that the world confronted. The crisis was fostered by the massive expansion of liquidity that developed in the global financial system-and its inevitable impact on interest rates and the search for yield that those low rates created. That, in turn, was a result of failures within the International Monetary System.

The book will help anyone who is seeking to understand how the International Monetary System works, the sources of its weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and the proposals for the change. The Report of the Palais Royal Initiative and the other papers in this book will help stimulate a global discussion of the reforms to the International Monetary System that are so urgently needed.


Harinder S Kohli and Jack T Boorman
1: The Report of the Palais Royal Initiative-Reform of the International Monetary System: A Cooperative Approach for the 21st Century

Michel Camdessus and Alexandre Lamfalussy
Palais Royal Initiative-Reform of the International Monetary System: A Cooperative Approach for the 21st Century February 8, 2011

Discussions of the Palais Royal Initiative

Reconstructing a World Monetary Order

Michel Camdessus, Alexandre Lamfalussy, and Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa
Toward a New International Monetary System

Michel Camdessus
Reforming Exchange Rate Relationships

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa
The Ghost of Bancor: The Economic Crisis and Global Monetary Disorder

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa
Toward an Orderly Supply of Reserve Currencies

Michel Camdessus and André Icard
Strengthening IMF Surveillance

Jack T Boorman
The Debate on the International Monetary System

Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Rupa Duttagupta, and Rishi Goyal
Strengthening IMF Surveillance: A Comprehensive Proposal

Edwin M Truman
Some Thoughts on Surveillance for Global Stability

Y Venugopal Reddy
Thoughts on Reforming the International Monetary System and Enhancing the Role of the SDR

Xiaolian Hu
Enhancing the Role of the SDR as a Reserve Asset

André Icard
Making the SDR a More Attractive Reserve Asset: The Development of Private SDR Markets

Pietro Catte
An SDR Based Reserve System

Peter B Kenen
Global Liquidity: Where it Comes From and Why it Matters

Pietro Catte and Corrinne Ho
The IMF as International Lender of Last Resort

Edwin M Truman

Contribution by Michel Aglietta

Contribution by Peter Bofinger

What International Monetary System for a Fast-Changing World Economy?

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré and Jean Pisani-Ferry
Contribution by Joseph Yam

Contribution by Andrew Sheng

Contribution by John Williamson

Contribution by Peter B Kenen

Trade Imbalances: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Measures

Hans-Werner Sinn, Teresa Buchen, and Timo Wollmershäuser


A useful reading for economic policy-makers, central bankers, regulators and researchers...technically brilliant papers on a single theme, together with the report and its recommendations...indeed a novel concept.

ASCI Journal of Management

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