The trajectory of regulatory reform in the UK in the wake of the financial crisis

MacNeil, I. (2010) The trajectory of regulatory reform in the UK in the wake of the financial crisis. European Business Organisation Law Review, 11(4), pp. 483-526. (doi: 10.1017/S1566752910400014)

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There has been much talk about regulatory reform around the world in the wake of the financial crisis but relatively little action. As a major international financial centre, the UK is very much at the heart of the debate and has a particular interest in the ultimate outcome. The financial crisis has exposed the weaknesses of ‘light touch’ regulation and ‘principles-based’ regulation, which characterised the UK system in the pre-crisis phase. Changes to the institutional structure of regulation recently announced by the new coalition government, combined with changes to regulatory style, are likely to have far-reaching consequences for the practice and intensity of regulation in the UK. This article reviews and assesses recent and proposed regulatory changes and considers the relationship between corporate governance and regulation. It evaluates the impact on the UK system of initiatives undertaken at international and EC levels as well as various interests and incentives within the UK that are likely to be influential in shaping the regulatory regime in years to come.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacNeil, Professor Iain
Authors: MacNeil, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:European Business Organisation Law Review
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1566-7529
Published Online:31 January 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 T.M.C. Asser Press and the Authors
First Published:First published in European Business Organisation Law Review 11(4):483-526
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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