Towards a New Bretton Woods? The First G20 Leaders Summit and the Regulation of Global Finance


Amid pressures from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, US President George W. Bush called the leaders of the countries comprising the ‘Group of 20’ (G20) to Washington on 15 November 2008 to discuss the current global financial crisis. The meeting has been widely touted as a historic development in world politics, marking the first time the G20 had met at the leaders’ level. While the meeting marked a breakthrough at the level of form, what about its substance?…

New Political Economy, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp. 169–200, DOI: 10.1017/S0020818310000305