New Approaches to International Financial Regulation

44 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2014 Last revised: 12 May 2017

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Annelise Riles

Cornell University - Law School

Date Written: November 14, 2014


What has happened to scholarship on international financial regulation since the global financial crisis? This paper maps out core debates suggestive of the new intellectual terrain that emerged out of the global financial meltdown. I argue that the old-consensus in neoclassical economic theory has given way to a new mainstream institutionalist legal literature, which I term the Reformist approach. I show that this post-crisis shift of focus parallels developments in the fields of international political economy, and law and development. I argue that this Reformist literature could benefit from further engagement with what I term the “New Approaches” literature in international legal theory and in the anthropology and social studies of finance.

Keywords: financial regulation, international law, anthropology, social studies of finance, political economy

Suggested Citation

Riles, Annelise, New Approaches to International Financial Regulation (November 14, 2014). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-03. Available at SSRN: or

Annelise Riles (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

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