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Governance, Regulation and Financial Market Instability: The Implciations for Policy


  • Sue Konzelmann
  • Frank Wilkinson
  • Marc Fovargue-Davies
  • Duncan Sankey


Just as the 1929 Stock Market Crash discredited Classical economic theory and policy and opened the way for Keynesianism, a consequence of the collapse of confidence in financial markets and the banking system – and the effect that this has had on the global macro economy – is currently discrediting the ‘conventional wisdom’ of neo-liberalism. This paper argues that at the heart of the crisis is a breakdown in governance that has its roots in the co-evolution of political and economic developments and of economic theory and policy since the 1929 Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression that followed. However, while many are looking back to the Great Depression and to the theories and policies that seemed to contribute to recovery during the first part of the twentieth century, we argue that the current context is different from the earlier one; and there are more recent events that may provide better insight into the causes and contributing factors giving rise to the present crisis and to the implications for theory and policy that follow.

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  • Sue Konzelmann & Frank Wilkinson & Marc Fovargue-Davies & Duncan Sankey, 2009. "Governance, Regulation and Financial Market Instability: The Implciations for Policy," Working Papers wp392, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp392
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    corporate governance; regulation; financial market instability;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • N10 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • P17 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Performance and Prospects


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