Cen­tral banks are powerful but poor­ly unders­tood orga­ni­sa­ti­ons. In 1900 the Bank of Japan was the only cen­tral bank to exist out­side Euro­pe but over the past cen­tu­ry cen­tral ban­king has pro­li­fe­ra­ted. John Sin­gle­ton here explains how cen­tral banks and the pro­fes­si­on of cen­tral ban­king have evol­ved and spread across the glo­be during this peri­od. He shows that the cen­tral ban­king world has expe­ri­en­ced two revo­lu­ti­ons in thin­king and prac­ti­ce, the first after the depres­si­on of the ear­ly 1930s, and the second in respon­se to the high infla­ti­on of the 1970s and 1980s. In addi­ti­on, the cen­tral ban­king pro­fes­si­on has chan­ged radi­cal­ly. In 1900 the pro­fes­sio­nal cen­tral ban­ker was a spe­cia­li­sed type of ban­ker, whe­re­as today he or she must also be a sophisti­ca­ted eco­no­mist and a public offi­ci­al. Under­stan­ding the­se chan­ges is essen­ti­al to explai­ning the role of cen­tral banks during the recent glo­bal finan­cial crisis.

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