chapter  4
34 Pages

Financial Markets and International Regulation

ByJohn Eatwell, Jean-Baptiste Gossé, Kern Alexander

Financial stability is a global public good. But ¿nancial regulation is a matter for national jurisdictions. Since the deregulation of ¿nancial markets in the 1970s there has been a persistent tension between liberalisation and regulation. Successive crises have resulted in the steady growth of international regulatory structures – embodied most clearly in the various Basel Accords and the principles and codes that Àow from them. But principles and codes are still made effective through their incorporation into national legal mechanisms. An important exception in this respect is the European Union where Directives are an important component (though not the totality) of the regulatory activities of nation states.