The Economic Government of the World

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This is the history of the institutions and individuals who have managed the global economy, from the World Monetary and Economic Conference in the wake of the Great Depression to the present, as leading nations tackle the fall-out from Covid-19 and the threats of inflation, food security, and climate change. Since the Second World War, organizations created at Bretton Woods - the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development - and afterwards - the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - have left an indelible mark on our contemporary world. Martin Daunton examines the swings of the pendulum over ninety years between the forces of democracy, national self-determination and globalization.