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Central banks: Climate governors of last resort?

Langley, Paul; Morris, John H.

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John H. Morris


The global and regional leadership of central banks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened public and political debates over their role in the governance of an arguably more fundamental planetary crisis: the climate crisis. Strategically harnessing the resources and reach of central banks would seem crucial to achieving a genuine step-change in the governance of the climate crisis. We consider how critical social scientists might contribute to debates over the potential of central banks to act as ‘climate governors of last resort’.


Langley, P., & Morris, J. H. (2020). Central banks: Climate governors of last resort?. Environment and Planning A, 52(8), 1471-1479.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 20, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Jul 24, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2020
Journal Environment and Planning A
Print ISSN 0308-518X
Electronic ISSN 1472-3409
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 8
Pages 1471-1479


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