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Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World

Juliet Johnson


This book explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary guardians. The book argues that a powerful transnational central banking community concentrated in Western Europe and North America integrated postcommunist central bankers into its network, shaped their ideas about the role of central banks, and helped them develop modern tools of central banking. The detailed comparative studies of central bank development in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan span from the birth o ... More

Keywords: central banks, postcommunist, cash cow, monetary guardian, central banking community, central bankers, central banking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700224
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliet Johnson, author
Professor of Political Science, McGill University