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Monies that Matter, on the Discursive Power of the Bank for International Settlements

Journal article
Authors Erik Andersson
Published in Globalizations
Volume 13
Issue 2
ISSN 1474-7731
Publication year 2016
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Language en
Keywords central bank cooperation, performativity, financial regulation, monetary polic y, Bank for International Settlements,
Subject categories Globalization Studies


The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and its committees perform an increasingly important systemic regulatory role on the global financial markets, as well as for national monetary policies. In this article I argue that the cooperation and coordination among central banks makes this community vital for global discourse formation around monetary policies and financial interaction. The self-image displayed in speeches and evaluations of BIS representatives indicate that the community influences national economies. Using the concept of performativity for analysing the power dynamics of the BIS community, the article argues that cooperating central banks have considerable influence on economic interaction both nationally and globally. The nature of this political influence is not conspiratory or intentional, but embedded in the economistic interaction within and around the BIS.

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