Democracy, Law and Global Finance: A Legal and Institutional Perspective

Lothian, Tamara, Democracy, Law and Global Finance: A Legal and Institutional Perspective, in Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics (New York: Routledge 2014), Forthcoming

Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 478

26 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 9 Aug 2014

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Tamara Lothian

Columbia University - Center for Law and Economic Studies

Date Written: May 16, 2014

Abstract

Finance has become more a problem than a solution to what the world most wants: socially inclusive growth. It has become a source of crises that threaten the development of the real economy. It has escaped accountability to democratic institutions and often helped, instead, to influence and corrupt them. Its potential to contribute to broad-based opportunity-expanding growth has been largely and massively squandered.

In this piece I seek to understand not only how this failure manifests itself in some of the major countries and regions of the world, but also, how it can be corrected.

The intellectual and policy response to the crisis in its American and European epicenters has almost entirely suppressed discussion of two themes of immense importance: the link between redistribution and recovery and the connection of finance to the real economy. My analysis recovers these suppressed themes by relating them to a third theme: the deficit of democratic accountability that lies at the root of many of these problems.

Keywords: financial crisis, financial regulation, shadow banking, market microstructure, systemic risk, law and finance, law and economics, political economy, democracy, democratic theory, comparative law, institutional analysis, structural reform

JEL Classification: A12, B10, B40, E44, F33, G1, G15, G28, G30, K0, K20, K22, K23, N1, N2, N4, P5

Suggested Citation

Lothian, Tamara, Democracy, Law and Global Finance: A Legal and Institutional Perspective (May 16, 2014). Lothian, Tamara, Democracy, Law and Global Finance: A Legal and Institutional Perspective, in Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics (New York: Routledge 2014), Forthcoming ; Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 478. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2438677

Tamara Lothian (Contact Author)

Columbia University - Center for Law and Economic Studies ( email )

435 W. 116th Street Box A-22A
New York, NY 10027
United States

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