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Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking

January 13, 2017

A new year message from Joseph Huber:

“I am happy to inform you about the publication of my new book, ‘Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking’. It provides a systemic and historical analysis of money and banking and an up-to-date discussion of the approaches to sovereign money reform”.

The publisher is Palgrave MacMillan. On its website we read:

huber-3-coverIn coming to terms with the still smoldering financial crisis, little attention has been paid to the flaws within our monetary system and how these flaws lie at the root of the crisis.

This book provides an introduction and critical assessment of the current monetary system. It begins with an up to date account of the workings of today’s system of state-backed ‘bankmoney’, illustrating the various forms and issuers of money, and discussing money theory and fallacy past and present.

It also looks at related economic challenges such as inflation and deflation, asset inflation and bubble building that lead to market instability and examines the ineffectual monetary policies and primary credit markets that are failing to reach some sort of self-limiting equilibrium.

In order to fix our financial system, we first need to understand its limitations and the flaws in current monetary and regulatory policy and then correct them. The concluding part of this book is dedicated to the latter, advocating a move towards the sovereign monetary prerogatives of issuing the entire stock of official money and benefitting from the gain thereof (seigniorage).

huber-quoteThe author argues that these functions should be made the sole responsibility of independent and impartial central banks with full control over the stock of money (not the uses of money) on the basis of a legal mandate that would be more detailed than is the case today. This includes a thorough separation of monetary and fiscal powers, and of both from banking and wider financing functions.

This book provides a welcome addition to the banking literature, guiding readers through the inner workings of our monetary and regulatory environments and proposing a new way forward that will better protect our economy from financial instability and crisis.

Professor Joseph Huber is Chair of Economic Sociology Em. at Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Previously he was Associate Professor at the Free University Berlin and has also held guest and interim professorships at Science Centre Berlin, University of Zurich and Technical University Vienna. Professor Huber is a pioneer of what is now known as ‘green ethical banking’ and is one of the founders of ecological modernisation theory. He has written extensively on monetary policy and reform topics, is a longstanding policy advisor on matters of economic and ecological modernisation and is actively involved in the international movement for monetary reform. Read more about this here: https://www.sovereignmoney.eu/

 

 

Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking may be ordered at Palgrave Macmillan: www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319421735 or at Amazon   www.amazon.co.uk/Sovereign-Money-Beyond-Reserve-Banking-ebook/dp/B01NAHMWXZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481555736&sr=8-1&keywords=sovereign+money

 

 

 

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