The Economic Government of the World

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Kimberly Weir, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University talks with Martin Daunton, Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. Professor Daunton is a former president of the Royal Historical Society and author of The Economic Government of the World From 1933-2023.

Topics Kimberly & Martin discuss include:

  • Why considering the economic events of 1933 is necessary for understanding the multilateral policies and institutions that emerged out of World War II
  • That food and labor security—not economic policies—were much more immediate concerns for policymakers in the first international conferences at the end of World War II
  • How domestic considerations are imperative to successfully coordinate international economic policies
  • Dealing with autocratic governments and increased populism when pursuing global economic governance
  • How global institutions (particularly the IMF, World Bank, FAO, and WHO) can aid developing countries, rather than just perpetuate a global economic divide advantaging developed countries
  • How China and Russia, along with the BRIICS bloc, impact global economic governance
  • How resolving countries’ debt is unquestionably tied to tackling climate change

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