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Great Power, Great Responsibility: Addressing the Underestimated Issue of Central Bank’s Social Responsibility

Guillaume Vallet ()
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Guillaume Vallet: Faculty of Economics, CREG, University of Grenoble Alpes, France

Journal of Central Banking Theory and Practice, 2021, vol. 10, issue 3, 23-39

Abstract: This paper deals with the neglected issue of central banks’ social responsibility. Since central banks exert the “structural power” on economies as well as on societies, their power should be regulated and controlled by society through a reliable framework of social responsibility. To that aim, this article sheds light on the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of central bank’s social responsibility: I suggest reforms in order to increase central banks’ social legitimacy, while being consistent with the mapping out of a new framework of social responsibility.

Keywords: central banks; power; social responsibility; social legitimacy; institutions. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B52 E02 E14 E52 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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