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Global StatesmanHow Gordon Brown Took New Labour to the World$
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David M. Webber

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423564

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423564.001.0001

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Building a ‘New Jerusalem’

Building a ‘New Jerusalem’

(p.95) 4 Building a ‘New Jerusalem’
Global Statesman

David M. Webber

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 4 focuses upon the institutional framework that Gordon Brown and his chief economic advisor, Ed Balls, put in place to make the Treasury the pilot agency of New Labour’s political economy. Insofar as the newly established Department for International Development (DFID) was concerned, this would ensure that it was the Chancellor, rather than the Secretary of State for International Development who would design New Labour’s international development policy. Yet the role that the Treasury played in ‘internationalising’ New Labour’s domestic political economy went beyond the conquest of other Whitehall departments. Brown took the macroeconomic blueprint – the ‘new economic architecture’ – that he had mapped out at home, to a number of key international financial actors abroad. This blueprint would create, in Brown’s mind, ‘a new Jerusalem’, a biblical phrase that the Chancellor used to describe the vision that he had of a world free from poverty, debt and disease. Embedding this vision into the orthodoxy of the ‘post-Washington Consensus’, Brown wanted to maintain not only a clear transmission of policy but also a distinct institutional ‘lock-in’, and a set of global governance arrangements that would provide the framework for the policies explored in the following three case study chapters.

Keywords:   DFID, HM Treasury, Globalisation, Global governance, ‘Post-Washington Consensus’

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