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International Financial Cooperation and the Number of Adherents: The Basel Committee and Capital Regulation

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  • John Pattison

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    Theoretical analyses of international cooperation point to cooperation being optimized with a small number of participants. History is consistent with this view. However an anomaly is the international capital standards created by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). Basel I has over 100 adherents, and approximately that number of countries have been identified in a survey as candidates for Basel II. The author demonstrates that this is not an anomaly. First, Basel I was a product of a duopoly and then an oligopoly prior to approval by the BCBS. Secondly, self-interest and other factors explain why more than 100 countries have agreed to accept these standards. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Open Economies Review.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 443-458

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:17:y:2006:i:4:p:443-458

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    Keywords: banking supervision; bank for international settlements; capital;

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    1. Edward Kane, 2007. "Connecting National Safety Nets: The Dialectics of the Basel II Contracting Process," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 35(4), pages 399-409, December.
    2. VanHoose, David, 2007. "Theories of bank behavior under capital regulation," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(12), pages 3680-3697, December.

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