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The Federal Reserve has a joint mandate to maximize employment and maintain low inflation. Actually, there is a third part to the mandate - to limit interest rate volatility - but that aspect rarely comes into play.  Given that monetary policy is fundamentally about the management of aggregate demand, any Fed policy that pushes towards one goal, for example higher employment, will move them away from the other goal.

A hawk is a FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) member who puts more weight on...