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Central banks as organizations

Les banques centrales comme organisations

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Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by Loïc Le Pape

Summary

A wide body of historical and economic literature has been published on central banks. It covers topics ranging from their role in defining and conducting economic and monetary policy, to their sometimes complex relationships with the public authorities. We will therefore take a different approach at our study day. Instead, we will focus on the organisation of these particular institutions, which are positioned between the State and markets and between national rationales and international dynamics.  To do this, we will examine how their internal structures and governance have developed in order to adapt to transformations in their respective environments throughout the 20th century.

Announcement

Central banks as organisations, 19th-21st centuries, International study day, Banque de France, Paris, 9 October 2013

Scientific Coordination: Vincent Duchaussoy, Prof. Olivier Feiertag and Prof. Michel Margairaz

Presentation

A wide body of historical and economic literature has been published on central banks. It covers topics ranging from their role in defining and conducting economic and monetary policy, to their sometimes complex relationships with the public authorities.

We will therefore take a different approach at our study day. Instead, we will focus on the organisation of these particular institutions, which are positioned between the State and markets and between national rationales and international dynamics.  To do this, we will examine how their internal structures and governance have developed in order to adapt to transformations in their respective environments throughout the 20th century.

The aim of this relatively unexplored approach is to obtain a better understanding of the “black boxes” of the economy – as Alan Greenspan termed them – and to identify the organisational strategies implemented by central banks to uphold their unique expertise in the area of economic and monetary policy. This international study day therefore sets out to contribute, from the historical standpoint, to the field of the economy of organisations, which has played a large part in shedding new light on economic history over the past three decades.

This study day will focus on three areas:

  • Evolution of information systems;
  • Risk monitoring and management;
  • Human resources.

By considering these three areas, we can assess the influence of internal factors in the development of issuing banks towards central banks in the 20th century. This will also enable us to reflect on whether national or transnational models of central bank governance exist. We will then examine the methods used by central banks to meet the challenge of adapting to changes in the economic and political environment from the 19th to the 21st century, including the current debate on the ECB governance in the euro area.

Answering a call for papers:

Working languages: French and English

Proposals should include: the title of the paper, a presentation of around 15 lines, listing the main sources, a short CV, etc. They must be sent to: 1069-historique-ut@banque-france.fr

before 31 December 2012

  • The results of the assessment of the proposals by the Scientific Committee of the Historical Mission will be disclosed on 31 January 2013.
  • The contributors selected shall undertake to submit, before 30 September 2013, a draft paper summarising their contribution in French or English.
  • The Historical Mission of the Banque de France will cover contributors’ cost of travel to Paris and will provide one night accommodation during the conference if necessary. 

Scientific Committee

http://www.banque-france.fr/la-banque-de-france/histoire/mission-historique/conseil-scientifique.html

Places

  • Banque de France
    Paris, France (75001)

Date(s)

  • Monday, December 31, 2012

Keywords

  • histoire, organisation, banques centrales

Contact(s)

  • Vincent Duchaussoy
    courriel : duchavin [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Vincent Duchaussoy
    courriel : duchavin [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Central banks as organizations », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, https://calenda.org/227875

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