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date: 23 November 2020

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This article analyses the evolving diplomatic role of financial officials over the past century. The first section examines their diplomatic activities from the end of World War 1 to the early 1930s, an era in which financial officials – particularly central bankers – cooperated to rebuild the pre-war international gold standard. The second section explores how the diplomatic role of financial officials changed during the age of the Bretton Woods system in three ways: the scope of issues addressed, the actors involved, and the techniques of diplomacy employed. The final section analyses how the more recent ‘age of financial globalization’ has generated yet further changes in the diplomatic functions of financial officials across these three areas.

Keywords: financial officials, diplomacy, diplomatic role, diplomatic activities, central bankers, Bretton Woods system, globalization

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