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Innovation and the State
Finance, Regulation, and Justice


  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107644892

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  • From social media to mortgage-backed securities, innovation carries both risk and opportunity. Groups of people win, and lose, when innovation changes the ground rules. Looking beyond formal politics, this new book by Cristie Ford argues that we need to recognize innovation, and financial innovation in particular, as a central challenge for regulation. Regulation is at the leading edge of politics and policy in ways that we have not yet fully grasped. Seemingly innocuous regulatory design choices have clear and profound practical ramifications for many of our most cherished social commitments. Innovation is a complex phenomenon that needs to be understood not only in technical terms, but also in human ones. Using financial regulation as her primary example, Ford argues for a fresh approach to regulation, which recognizes innovation for the regulatory challenge that it is, and which binds our cherished social values and our regulatory tools ever more tightly together.

    • · An empirical and philosophical examination that helps generate fresh ideas for post-crisis financial regulation, challenging established views in regulatory theory, financial and securities law, and literature on innovation · Offers a new perspective that highlights innovation as the consistent undercurrent in finance and a persistent challenge for regulators, perfect for practitioners involved with regulation policies and innovation · Provides a nuanced account that focuses on financial innovation in detail, ideal for students and scholars of administrative and financial law, political science, finance and governance · Explores how government regulation should deal with financial innovation, which will appeal to general and non-expert readers
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    'In Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice Cristie Ford provides a thorough analysis of the evolution of academic literature on 'flexible regulation' and couples this with an analysis of different forms of innovation to consider how regulation can fulfil progressive social goals whilst coping effectively with the risks and uncertainties that innovations within markets can pose. Elegantly written and perceptively observed, this is a timely analysis which reminds us that regulation is a political and social project as well as a technical one.' Julia Black, London School of Economics and Political Science

    'A tour de force of innovation and financial regulation. Cristie Ford is street smart, experienced on Wall Street. She explains how sedimentary innovation is bound to defeat inflexible rulish regulation. Yet sedimentary innovation also defeats flexible regulation, if it fails to fill the gaps that open within a scaffolding of regulatory principles. Ford's brilliant book teaches us to learn to see financial innovation. It cautions political wisdom in building loyalty to public values as regulators steer economic interests.' John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Canberra

    'Like the words 'growth' and 'progress', 'innovation' is often taken for granted as a public good. Indeed, it can be. But Cristie Ford shows in this deep and thoughtful book the way this taken-for-grantedness has seduced regulators, academics and the public into a set of beliefs that undermines the necessary task of regulation itself. She points the way forward to a more sophisticated interaction between regulation and innovation in a more just, progressive society.' Donald Langevoort, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

    'Many scholars, including Cristie Ford, have analyzed particular aspects of these phenomena, and how they matter to business and financial policy. What no one has done before, is build a broad philosophical construct for assessing these phenomena, so that policy makers might produce innovation-ready financial regulation. Professor Ford addresses regulatory design and structure, adaptability, and our own assumptions in ways that should help academics and policy makers think more precisely about optimal financial regulation in the future.' Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego, School of Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107644892
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Innovation as a regulatory challenge: four stories
    2. The history and rots of flexible regulation
    3. Flexible regulation: key scholarship
    4. Flexible regulation scholarship, 1980–2012
    5. Flexible regulation and ideology
    6. Innovation as regulatory subject
    7. Seismic innovation
    8. Innovation as sedimentary layers
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Cristie Ford, Allard School of Law, UBC
    Cristie Ford is Associate Professor and Director at the Centre for Business Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She is an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of financial regulation and regulatory theory. She has written, lectured and consulted extensively on financial regulation and was previously editor of the journal Regulation and Governance. She is also a co-author of the leading securities regulation text in Canada.

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