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The Monfort Plan:
The New Architecture of Capitalism
BY Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort
BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT / FINANCE & INVESTMENTS / INSTITUTIONAL & CORPORATE FINANCE /
The Monfort Plan is a five-year, forward looking plan to eradicate extreme poverty from the developing world, and details how microfinance has made a difference to developing countries. This book proposes a new institution based in the developing world with the potential to provide a basic, free, and universal service in the areas of water, sanitation, healthcare, and education to the extreme poor worldwide. The provision will be subject to a certain degree of conditionality in areas ranging from corruption to legal environment. The new institution will be established in a new international territory based within a specific country in Subsaharan Africa and will emerge in 2015.
In The Monfort Plan author Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort engineers and designs a solution to lessen the burden of poverty. In order to do so he relies on the social sciences to bring about innovation and forward looking economic policies and financial instruments in the context of a paradigm shift.
This book presents a multidisciplinary approach to policymaking that combines a range of fields in the social sciences, looking at the history behind the Marshall Plan, the formation of the European Union, and the Bretton Woods Institutions, in order to determine how a Marshall Plan for Africa-and the creation of New Institutions in the developing world-could work. We live a moment of crisis in which creative policymaking might prove useful when proposing outcomes for a revitalized framework for capitalism to thrive and better serve the world.
Walks you through the technicalities of the new architecture of capitalism in a straightforward manner
Provides a holistic view of how microfinance combined with the right economic policies and financial instruments could help change the world for the poor
Contains sweeping and detailed recommendations on how to build a new capitalist paradigm that helps elevate the poor and improve the human condition
Incorporating commentary from some of the top minds in the field of microfinance, this book puts the method of microfinance in perspective.
JAIME POZUELO-MONFORT has earned graduate degrees in engineering, business administration, financial economics, financial engineering, economic development, public administration, international law and government, and public health. He has worked in the technology sector internationally and in the financial industry in New York and London. He is a regular contributor to Roubini Global Economics, The Huffington Post, and Cinco Dias.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
A New Generation.
It Is Time.
Part I: A New Paradigm.
Chapter 1: Bretton Woods and the Washington Consensus.
The Millenium Development Goals.
The Monterrey Consensus.
The Failed Doha Round.
The Copenhagen Consensus.
Reinventing Bretton Woods.
Chapter 2: Redefining Capitalism.
Towards a New Economic Paradigm.
Alternative Thinking in Financial Markets.
Raising Funds through Regulation.
A Paradigm Shift.
Chapter 3: Globalization and Poverty.
Pros and Cons of Globalization.
Chapter 4: The Reality of Aid.
What is the Right Number?
New Instruments of Foreign Aid.
Exploring New Territory.
Chapter 5: The World's Income Distribution.
Poverty and Inequality.
The Kuznets Curve.
Global Public Goods.
Global Redistribution of Wealth.
Part II: The Axis of Feeble.
Chapter 6: Agriculture.
Malthus, Meade, and Mauritius on Population Growth.
The Food Crisis.
What Drives Agricultural Prices?
The Effect of Climate Change on Food Consumption.
A Second Green Revolution.
Boosting Agricultural Output.
Chapter 7: Trade Liberalization and Labor Rights.
The World Trade Organization.
Terms of Trade.
Multilateral vs. Bilateral Trade.
Trade with African Countries.
Chapter 8: Small Arms Trade.
Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Licensed vs. Unlicensed Production.
Chapter 9: The Extractive Industries.
The Resource Curse.
A Contributor to Public Budgeting.
What Is Being Done.
What Can Be Done.
Chapter 10: Financial Architecture.
Redefined Capitalism vs. Marxism.
Chapter 11: Brain Drain.
A Pseudo Positive Drain.
Figures behind the Phenomenon.
Part III: Reform.
Chapter 12: Lobbies and Elites.
Think-Tanks and Funding.
The Corruption of Knowledge.
Chapter 13: Institutional Reform.
Two Issues in Current Reform.
The World Bank.
The International Monetary Fund.
The United Nations.
Reforming Bretton Woods.
Chapter 14: The Sleeping Beauty.
Rich First, then Poor.
Finally Waking Up.
BRIC and China.
Chapter 15: The Third Sector.
The Non Profit Sector.
Non Profit Management.
Part IV: The Building Process.
Chapter 16: Marshall Revisited.
Introducing the Marshall Plan.
Productivity and Output.
Who was Who in the Marshall Plan.
The Incorrigible Optimist.
Lessons from the Marshall Plan.
Chapter 17: The Annan Plan.
The HIPC Initiative.
Capitalism and Democracy.
A New Soul.
A Tale of Three Capitalisms.
A Marshall Plan for Africa.
Undermining the Monfort Plan.
Chapter 18: A Eutopia of Universal Welfare.
Water and Sanitation.
Chapter 19: The New Institution.
Universal Welfare as an International Legal Rule.
Theory of International Relations.
Establishment of the Welfare Charter.
Welfare Delivery through Microfinance.
Chapter 20: Conditionality.
The Millenium Challenge.
Part V: Financing Eutopia.
Chapter 21: Collateral.
Mind the Collateral.
The Informal Economy.
The Monfort Plan's Way out of Poverty.
Chapter 22: The Yunus: A New Currency for the Poor.
Alternative Currency Theory.
Tobin Tax Revisited.
A New Architecture.
International Microfinance Regulation.
Chapter 23: Microsavings Insurance.
Banking for the Poor.
Chapter 24: The Decem Series.
A Public Treasure.
The Decem Tax.
Taxation of Personal Wealth.
Decemfund: The PoorĄ¯s Endowment.
Chapter 25: Innovative Financing
A First Look at Real Estate.
Foreign Direct Investment.
Investors in Decemland.
Part VI: Decemland.
Chapter 26: The New International Territory.
The Land of Ten Percent.
The Landscape of the New International Territory.
Chapter 27: Islands of Peace.
What Are Islands of Peace?
Lease an Island.
Harmless Armed Forces.
The Decem Alliance.
Chapter 28: The Race of the Century.
The Purpose of the Race.
Chapter 29: The Monfort List.
A Worldwide Recruiting Process.
The Decem List.
The Monfort Team.
The Chief Dreamer.
The Beginning of History and the First Man.
Chapter 30: The New Economic Architecture.
Beyond Financial Reform.
A Window of Opportunity.
The Four Pillars.
Decempliant, Monfortable, and Povertimmune.
The History of Tomorrow.
About the Author.