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Howard Davies

Howard Davies

Writing for PS since 2009
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Howard Davies, the first chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority (1997-2003), is Chairman of NatWest Group. He was Director of the London School of Economics (2003-11) and served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry.

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  1. Central Bankers’ Green Lines
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    Central Bankers’ Green Lines

    Jan 19, 2023 Howard Davies holds out little hope for a global consensus on how monetary policy should address climate change.

  2. The Regulators’ Revolt
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Nov 28, 2022 Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

  3. The Bank of England After Boris
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    The Bank of England After Boris

    Aug 11, 2022 Howard Davies considers the merits of raising the monetary authority's inflation target from 2% to 4%.

  4. Howard Davies on forward guidance, central-bank independence, the Volcker Rule, and more
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    Howard Davies on forward guidance, central-bank independence, the Volcker Rule, and more

    Aug 9, 2022 Howard Davies fears that bringing the current bout of inflation under control will carry high costs, suggests ways monetary policymakers can protect their reputations, defends the UK Treasury from accusations that it is too powerful, and more.

  5. When Central Bankers Become the Target
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    When Central Bankers Become the Target

    Jun 27, 2022 Howard Davies thinks monetary policymakers should not assume that their reputations will automatically recover.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

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    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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