Dirk Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government

A recent stay at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods prompted me to read The Battle of Bretton Woods. The book provides a fascinating account not only of how Great Britain and the United States (represented by Maynard Keynes and Dexter White, respectively) negotiated the architecture of the post-World War II global economy, but also how the negotiations reflected the changing power in world politics of both countries (Great Britain in relative decline and the United States the new superpower), and how each side had distinctly different ideas of what the role of the state and markets should be in global economic management.