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Priests of ProsperityHow Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World$
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Juliet Johnson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700224

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700224.001.0001

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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

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Priests of Prosperity

Juliet Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter views the entire transplantation experience through the lens of the global financial crisis, which fundamentally challenged the central banking model that the transnational community had just spent two decades intensively promoting to the postcommunist world. Leading central banks were forced to adopt unconventional monetary policies to address the challenges of the crisis and to rethink their basic mandates and operations. In addition to defending against inflation, central bankers were now to expand their monetary policy toolbox, engage in macroprudential regulation, and take a stronger role in micro-level financial sector regulation and supervision. These wider mandates, in turn, undermined the predominant rationale for central bank independence because they demanded increasing cooperation with other government agencies and more overtly engaged political questions of regulation and distribution.

Keywords:   transplantation, global financial crisis, central banking model, postcommunist world, monetary policies, macroprudential regulation, micro-level financial sector, central bank independence, financial sector regulation

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