IMF Reform Is Waiting on the United States

Author
Edwin M. Truman
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Abstract
The vital role played by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in stabilizing the world economy and financial system is in serious jeopardy. The failure in mid-January by the US Congress to approve IMF reform legislation that had been pending for more than three years did not simply bring to a screeching halt a decade of slow progress reforming the governance of the Fund to make it more representative, legitimate, and therefore effective. Congress's balking on this issue also did substantial, actual damage to the US reputation around the world, as the leaders of many countries called into question Washington's ability to deliver on promises made in international economic agreements.
Topic
Economics, International Trade and Finance, International Monetary Fund, Reform
Political Geography
United States