Financial regulation and supervision in the European Union after the crisis

Lucia Quaglia*

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Abstract

The global financial crisis challenged the existing architecture for financial services regulation and supervision in the European Union (EU). This article first examines the new pieces of legislation that were issued by the EU in the wake of the crisis, as well as substantial revisions of existing EU legislation. Second, it conducts an overall assessment of the reforms implemented and highlights some open issues that were underscored by the crisis and that were only partially addressed afterward. It is argued that the framework for financial regulation and supervision in the EU after the crisis is still poorly equipped to deal with (or to prevent) future financial crises mainly because of the political constraints encountered during the reform process. One of the most important lessons to be drawn is that political factors are as important as (if not more important than) economic factors in shaping financial services regulation and supervision in the EU (and, arguably, elsewhere).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Economic Policy Reform
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • European Union (EU)
  • financial regulation
  • financial supervision
  • regulatory reforms

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