The Dog That Didn’t Bark : The Strange Case of Domestic Policy Cooperation in the “New Normal”

Author/Editor:

Tamim Bayoumi

Publication Date:

July 15, 2015

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Summary:

This paper examines domestic policy cooperation, a curiously neglected issue. Both international and domestic cooperation were live issues in the 1970s when the IS/LM model predicted very different external outcomes from monetary and fiscal policies. Interest in domestic policy cooperation has since fallen on hard intellectual times—with knock-ons to international cooperation—as macroeconomic policy roles became highly compartmentalized. I first discuss the intellectual and policy making undercurrents behind this neglect, and explain why they are less relevant after the global crisis. This is followed by a discussion of: macroeconomic policy cooperation in a world of more fiscal activism; coordination across financial agencies and with macroeconomic policies; and how structural policies fit into this. The paper concludes with a proposal for a “grand bargain” across principle players to create a “new domestic cooperation.”

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/156

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 15, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513584607/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015156

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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