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Seventy Years of Bretton Woods

2014 is the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference that led to the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Warwick researchers have been very active in researching these institutions and their significance for contemporary processes of global economic governance.



  • Roundtable on 'Seventy Years Bretton Woods', 18 November 2013
  • Researching the Bretton Woods Institutions, Wednesday, 5 February 2013

  • PAIS Departmental Seminar: 'The Bretton Woods Institutions as Multilevel Governance Networks' (Dr Liam Clegg, York University), 5 February 2014, 4-5.30pm, S0.19 (Social Studies)
  • Annual Warwick/RIPE Debate on the Future of IPE, 27 February 2014, 5-6.30pm, M2 (Radcliffe)
    The PAIS IPE Research Cluster will be hosting its Annual Debate on the Future of IPE run in conjunction with the journal Review of International Political Economy. This year’s debate is on the future of the Bretton Woods institutions on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the meeting that really embedded the idea of creating international institutions to help govern the spheres of international trade, international development and international finance. Rorden Wilkinson (University of Manchester), Sophie Harman (Queen Mary, University of London) and André Broome (University of Warwick) will be talking about the future roles of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund respectively.
  • Workshop announcement: 'Global Reordering and Bretton Woods: Compromise, Dissensus and Europe's Regulatory Role', 17 March 2014
  • Workshop announcement: 'Networking Europe and the IMF', University of Warwick, 8-10 October 2014. Confirmed speakers include: Cornel Ban (Boston University); Michael Breen (Dublin City University); Ben Clift (University of Warwick); Aitor Erce (European Stability Mechanism); Kathryn Lavelle (Case Western Reserve University); Manuela Moschella (University of Turin).


The IMF Research Network was established in 2012, and is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick. The Research Network comprises over 70 members including academics in Political Science and International Relations, Political Economy, Sociology, and Economics at universities around the world, as well as researchers working in international organizations, think tanks, and national policy institutions. Members share a common interest in explaining and understanding the dynamics of the IMF's role in international monetary relations and crisis management, and the evolving activities of the IMF in global economic governance more broadly. For further information and to join the mailing list, please click on this link.

Selected Publications

Broome, A. (2013). ‘The Politics of IMF-EU Cooperation: Institutional Change from the Maastricht Treaty to the Launch of the Euro’, Journal of European Public Policy 20(4): 589-605.

Clift, B. and Tomlinson, J. (2012) ‘When Rules Started To Rule: The IMF, Neo-Liberal Economic Ideas, and Economic Policy Change in Britain’, Review of International Political Economy 19(3): 477-500.

Leech, D. and Leech, R. (2013) 'A New Analysis of A Priori Voting Power in the IMF: Recent Quota Reforms Give Little Cause for Celebration', in: M. J. Holler and H. Nurmi (eds.) Power, Voting and Voting Power: 30 Years After, Berlin: Springer: 389-410.

Lütz, S. and Kranke, M. (forthcoming) 'The European rescue of the Washington Consensus? EU and IMF lendingto Central and Eastern European countries', Review of International Political Economy

Seabrooke, L. (2012). ‘Pragmatic Numbers: The IMF, Financial Reform, and Policy Learning in Least Likely Environments’, Journal of International Relations and Development15(4): 486-505.


Austerity Politics and the IMF (Andre Broome, Ben Clift and Matthew Watson)