Banking Regulation and Globalization

Paperback | December 20, 2012

byAndreas Busch

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Does globalization erode the nation state's capacity to act? Are nation states forced to change their policies even if this goes against the democratic will of their electorates? How does government action change under conditions of globalization? Questions like these have not only featuredhighly in political debates in recent years, but also in academic discourse. This book seeks to contribute to that debate. The general question it addresses is whether globalization leads to policy convergence - a central, but contested topic in the debate, as theoretical arguments can be advancedboth in favour of and against the likelihood of such a development. More specifically, the book contains detailed empirical case studies of four countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland) in a policy area where state action has been particularly challenged by theemergence of world-wide, around-the-clock financial markets in the last few decades, namely that of the regulation and supervision of the banking industry.Based on careful analysis of historical developments, specific challenges, the character of policy networks and institutions, and their interaction in the political process, this book argues that nation states still possess considerable room for manouevre in pursuing their policies. Even if theychoose supranational coordination and cooperation, their national institutional configurations still function as filters in the globalization process.This book is of particular value to readers interested in the politics and policies of globalization, the interaction of business communities and the political system in different countries, and students of comparative politics interested in detailed case studies of policy-making.

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Does globalization erode the nation state's capacity to act? Are nation states forced to change their policies even if this goes against the democratic will of their electorates? How does government action change under conditions of globalization? Questions like these have not only featuredhighly in political debates in recent years, b...

Andreas Busch holds a doctorate and a Habilitation in political science from the University of Heidelberg, where he also was Assistant Professor from 1993 to 2000. In 1997/98 he was John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University. He is Reader in European Politics in the Department of Politics ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:December 20, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019965557X

ISBN - 13:9780199655571

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1. Introduction: Globalization and State Capacity2. The State and the Regulation of the Banking Sector3. The United States: Deadlock through Fragmentation4. The Federal Republic of Germany: Keeping the State at Arm's Length5. The United Kingdom: Late Codication, Early Reform6. Switzerland: High Risks, Joint Responsibilities7. State and Banking Regulation in Comparative Perspective8. Conclusion: National Institutions as Filters of GlobalisationPostscriptumBibliography

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Review from previous edition: "The book offers four detailed country case studies - The United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and Switzerland - that analyse the regimes of banking regulation over a period of 25 years from 1974 to 1999... Banking Regulation and Globalization's country casestudies provide an excellent historical context and a thorough description of the actors involved in regulation, as well as highlighting the specific challenges posed domestically and globally... Andreas Busch's book stands out because of the extent of material covered, its careful observations andelaborate cross-comparative analysis. It is thus a worth-while contribution on the subject of politics of regulation." --Political Studies Review