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The end of an era in international financial regulation? A post-crisis research agenda

Helleiner, E. & Pagliari, S. (2011). The end of an era in international financial regulation? A post-crisis research agenda. International Organization, 65(1), pp. 169-200. doi: 10.1017/S0020818310000305


The global financial crisis that erupted in the summer of 2007 has made the reform of international prudential financial regulation one of the top priorities of global public policy. Past scholarship has usefully explained the creation and strengthening of international financial standards with reference to three policy arenas: inter-state, domestic, and transnational. Despite the accomplishments of this specialist literature, the recent crisis has revealed a number of limitations in the ways scholars have understood inter-state power relations, the influence of domestic politics, and the significance of transnational actors within international financial regulatory politics. Taken together, developments in each of these three arenas suggest that researchers may also need to be prepared to shift from explaining the strengthening of official international standards to analyzing their weakening in the post-crisis world. The latter task will require scholars to devote more analytical attention to a wider set of international regulatory outcomes, including “informal regulatory convergence”, “regulatory fragmentation”, and especially “cooperative regulatory decentralization”.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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