The Political Economy of Central Bank Independence and the Challenges for Development in African Economies

23 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011

Date Written: July 19, 2011

Abstract

This paper surveys the pros and cons of Central Bank Independence and how it could help set developing economies on the path of steady growth. The research develops a theoretical framework for the analysis of central bank independence in budding democracies. The recent trend in Macro- Economic management has resulted in separation of powers between monetary and fiscal authorities with the resultant effect that governments are supposedly held in check regarding their borrowing and spending potential. Can this check be standardized and replicated in emerging democracies where the true values of democracy is yet to be felt or can Central Banks indeed say no to political pressure?

Keywords: Central bank Independence, Fiscal policy, Inflation, Central Bank Financing, Monetary policy, West Africa

JEL Classification: O11, O23, O55

Suggested Citation

Uzonwanne, Godfrey, The Political Economy of Central Bank Independence and the Challenges for Development in African Economies (July 19, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1889155

Godfrey Uzonwanne (Contact Author)

University of Chester ( email )

Chester, CH1 4BJ
United Kingdom
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