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date: 25 February 2021

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Money and finance are central to the functioning of any political economy. Yet regional monetary and financial governance is relatively limited to date, with the important exception of the European Union. Likewise, the systematic development of a comparative theory of monetary and financial governance has yet to occur. Both the presence of robust global regimes, and the fact that money and finance have been a jealously guarded part of sovereign state-building, have dampened regionalism. However, a small but lively debate over the pros and cons of various types of monetary and financial integration across different geographic scales, with varying degrees of formalization, from bilateral to multilateral configurations, is emerging. If the various experiments with regional governance in this area move from aspirational to real, it will signal an important change in the global balance of power away from a US-centered multilateral system and likely provoke a deepening of this literature.

Keywords: regional monetary governance, regional financial governance, political economy, state-building, regionalism

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