Consequences of success and failure: Making a modern central bank

Bank of England book launch

A two-decade series of upheavals at the Bank of England provided the background to a monetary and economic revolution that reverberates still through global finance today. Harold James’ Making a Modern Central Bank – The Bank of England 1979-2003 examines the most turbulent period of change at the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street since its early years helping finance war with France after its foundation in 1694.

The launch brings together leading figures from the UK and abroad to discuss past successes and failures which have shaped the Bank’s make-up. The session starts with a balance sheet of the Bank of England’s overall transformation, going on to discuss the impact on UK and international banking and finance. It ends by looking at the lasting legacies of changing regimes for monetary policy and banking supervision.

Full programme


Part One

Welcome remarks: Danae Kyriakopoulou, Chief Economist and Director of Research, OMFIF
Keynote: Harold James, Professor of History, Princeton University
Session I: Consequences of success and failure: the making of a modern central bank


Part Two

Session II: Development of banking and financial markets: the growth of financial globalisation 


Part Three

Session III: Balancing responsibilities: Banking supervision, monetary policy and the trials of independence
Closing remarks:  John Orchard, Chief Executive, OMFIF



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