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Free Banking

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Free Banking

9781852785970 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Lawrence H. White, George Mason University, US
Publication Date: 1993 ISBN: 978 1 85278 597 0 Extent: 1,168 pp
The question of free banking – or laissez-faire in money – raises fundamental theoretical, historical and normative issues. Discussions of free banking contemplate the consequences of abolishing government central banks, and allowing unrestricted money issue by private banks.

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The question of free banking – or laissez-faire in money – raises fundamental theoretical, historical and normative issues. Discussions of free banking contemplate the consequences of abolishing government central banks, and allowing unrestricted money issue by private banks.

Research on free banking questions has expanded tremendously in the past two decades. These three volumes collect the most important modern articles on the theory, history and policy implications of free banking. The literature is marked by a number of sharp intellectual controversies, and the editor has included both sides of the most important debates. The editor's introduction provides a fresh perspective on the developments in monetary theory and in the real world that have stimulated the several strands of research represented here.
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‘The three volume of White’s anthology. . . . should be regarded as a highly welcome and extremely valuable help for all those who are looking for a reliable and easily accessible source of information.’
– Manfred Neldner, Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv
Contributors
55 articles, dating from 1826 to 1990
Contributors include: G.S. Becker, S.G. Checkland, B. Klein, C.W. Munn, G. Poulett Scrope, A.J. Rolnick, L. von Mises
Contents
Contents: 1. The British Free Banking School 2. American Free Banking Thought 3. Later British Writers 4. Secondary Accounts of Free Banking Thought 5. The ‘Free Banking’ Era in the United States 6. Other Experiences 7. Private Clearing Houses 8. Free Banking with a Distinct Base Money 9. Competing Non-Commodity Base Monies 10. Competitive Payments Systems without Base Money 11. The Legal Restrictions Theory 12. Policy Implications
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