Paul Tucker

Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Author, , Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order

About Paul Tucker

Sir Paul Tucker is a Research Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He is the author of Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State (2018). Described as “masterful” by Dani Rodrik and “profoundly important” by Larry Summers, it charts how the extraordinary power of unelected central bankers and regulators needs to be structured and checked in the interest of democratic legitimacy. His new book, Global Discord: Values and Power in a Fractured World Order (November 8, 2022), is about the geopolitics and legitimacy of the international economic and legal system. Both books are at the interface of political economy and political philosophy.

His other current activities include being a director at Swiss Re; a senior fellow at the Harvard’s Center for European Studies; President of the UK’s National Institute for Economic and Social Research; a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation; a director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, and a member of the Advisory Board for Yale’s Program on Financial Stability.

Tucker spent more than three decades in central banking, occupying senior positions in the international policymaking world, and was knighted by Britain in 2014.

From 2016 to 2021, he was the chair of the Systemic Risk Council, the independent body of former top central bankers, government officials and financial experts dedicated to a stable financial system.

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