The 'ebb and flow' of transatlantic regulatory cooperation in banking

David Howarth*, Lucia Quaglia

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Do financial crises promote or hamper transatlantic regulatory cooperation in banking? This article argues that financial crises have an impact upon the alignment of regulatory preferences of the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), causing an 'ebb and flow' in transatlantic cooperation. When EU-US preferences are broadly aligned in periods of financial stability, transatlantic regulatory cooperation is intense. It is relatively easy for the EU and US to agree on market-friendly regulation promoted by banks. When preferences are different, especially in the context and aftermath of the exogenous shock of financial crises, transatlantic cooperation is more problematic because crises re-assert the importance of nationally embedded patterns of market organisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-33
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Banking Regulation
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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  • banks
  • Basel III
  • capital requirements
  • European Union
  • financial regulation
  • United States

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