Governing the World Economy
December 2000, Polity
This book argues passionately in favour of the benefits of free markets, despite the crisis. Coyle argues that the freedom to exchange and invest is valuable in itself, like other freedoms, and that it is also the only sure route to economic development. Further liberalization of trade and investment, appropriately regulated, is essential if developing countries are to attain higher living standards. Economic growth, in turn, will slow population growth and create a constituency for environmental action in the developing world.
Coyle also makes the case for a reassessment of the role and capabilities of the international financial institutions. She argues that these need to reflect a more even balance of power, despite the dominance of the US in today's world economy, and that they need to live up to their own rhetoric of transparency and accountability. Chapters on trade and financial markets look in particular at the role of the WTO and IMF, the key villains on the world stage in the eyes of many progressive development campaigners. The book also addresses the shifting political economy of international governance, looking at the way information technology has led to the development of a global opposition to the inter-governmental organizations.
This book will be read by students of economics and politics, and all those interested in debates about the nature and trajectory of the world economy.
Chapter One: Frankenstein Finance.
Chapter Two: Myths and Reality In Financial Markets.
Chapter Three: Division of the Spoils.
Chapter Four: A New International Architecture.
Chapter Five: The New 'New Economy'.
A The author offers a vigorous defense of the benefits of the free market which, she argues, is the only sure route to economic growth.
A While she defends the merits of the free market, Diane Coyle also makes some innovative suggestions as to how it might be better managed
'Diane Coyle has her finger on what will surely be one of the
foremost political issues of the coming decade -- the ascendancy of
globally integrated finance capitalism, and in particular who
benefits and who loses from it. Her insights are thoughtful, her
conclusions sound, her explanations consistently instructive. And
as usual, her lively writing crackles with concrete examples and
thought-provoking facts.' Benjamin M. Friedman, Harvard
'Diane Coyle, one of the best of the very bright generation of
economic writers British journalism has thrown up in recent years.'
Denis MacShane, The Independent
'This thoughtful book by the economics editor of The Independent packs a fair amount into its 166 pages. A passionate free marketeer, who also believes that free markets need a great deal of scrutiny, Coyle argues that present trading conditions offer a rare opportunity to improve the world economy.' The Sunday Times