Global Governance in a Multipolar World: The Case for Regional Monetary Funds


  • We thank Daniela de Michele, Juan Carlos Holguin, Fernando Lorenzo, and Carla Majdalani for comments, and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (especially Victoria Ballerini) and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for administrative support.


The reform of global financial governance is long overdue. Recent changes to the governance of the International Monetary Fund partially address the lack of representation of emerging market countries, but not their loss of confidence in the institution. In the meantime, alternative and perhaps better approaches to the problems of open economics are being proposed at a regional level. We describe these regional monetary funds and discuss their prospects. We conclude that because economic interdependence is strongest at the regional level, regional cooperation seems well-suited to a multipolar world.