Central banking for a social-ecological transformation

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In the perspective of a social-ecological transformation, this chapter sets the discussion on the future of central banking back in the context of ecological limits to growth. It first surveys the literature on proposals to introduce sustainability in central banking. It then draws from the conceptualization of money as a social relation to discuss central banks' mandates, independence, governance and instruments. This chapter therefore adopts a normative stance. Central banks should be politically accountable with a renewed governance and committees' composition. In line with the endogenous nature of money, their mandate needs not to include price stability and should focus on fostering full employment, social cohesion and relevant economic development within the ecological limits of the planet. Three policy instruments are then discussed to shift the nature of central banks' operations from responsive to prescriptive: differentiated target interest rates, credit control and qualitative tightening in assets purchasing programs.
Titel des SammelwerksThe future of central banking
Herausgeber*innenSylvio Kappes, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Guillaume Vallet
VerlagEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (elektronisch)9781839100932
ISBN (Print)9781839100925
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022