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Palgrave Macmillan

Self-Regulation and Legalization

Making Global Rules for Banks and Corporations

ISBN 9781137359551
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Global Issues

The latest global financial crisis led many to ask how public regulation could fail so badly and many to answer that it was captured by private interests. This book asks to what extent this is true. It inquires how the growing reliance on industry self-regulation affects the role of international law and the trend to international legalization that International Relations research has long predicted. While focusing on the field of banking regulation, the book is rooted in classic International Relations approaches. It proposes a new concept of 'international legalization' that integrates rationalist as well as constructivist views of international law. Two case studies of the international anti-money laundering regime and the Wolfsberg Principles, on the one hand, and the environmental and social safeguards regime and the Equator Principles, on the other hand, show that industry self-regulation can foster rather than hinder the emergence of international regulation.

Annegret Flohr is Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany. She specialises in the role of banks and extractive industries in international politics. Her recent publications include The Role of Business in Global Governance (co-authored with Lothar Rieth, Sandra Schwindenhammer and Klaus Dieter Wolf).

1. Introduction
2. Industry Self-Regulation: Soft Rules for Corporations
3. The Theoretical Framework: Legalization as Hard Rules for States?
4. A Brief History of Governance in the Financial Sector
5. Anti-Money Laundering and the Wolfsberg Principles
6. Legalization of Anti-Money Laundering
7. Environmental Safeguards and the Equator Principles
8. Legalization of Environmental and Social Safeguards
9. Conclusion: Patterns and Dynamics of Self-Regulatory Impact

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