Constructing and Maintaining Legitimacy: Sociological Perspectives of the Politics of Central Banking
Bea, Megan Doherty
This working paper reviews central banking research produced in sociology and anthropology, most of which has been published in the last five to ten years. These studies focus on institutional structures and social and cultural processes that shape central bank activity, with significant attention to the ways in which central banks seek to legitimate their actions. I outline key themes that have emerged, including central banks’ internal decision-making and analysis of the international pressures they face. I review research examining the ways in which central bankers are influenced by one another, use performative rhetoric to manage the market, and engage in relational work with a variety of actors as they seek to maintain their legitimacy. This research is an important complement to traditional central banking research published in the fields of economics, political science, and law, and underscores the complexity involved in the day-to-day operations of central banks.
Part One of the Changing Politics of Central Banking Series
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Legitimacy; Sociology; Perspectives; Central Banking; Global Finance Initiative; Meridian 180; Economics; Political Science; Law; Monetary Policy