Privatising Regulation To Enrich Democracy

Long Finance (February 2021), 12 pages

13 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2021

Date Written: February 01, 2021


This short paper by Dr Shann Turnbull makes the case for a radical rethink of the way in which financial services could be regulated. Currently regulators are pursuing a "Red Queen" approach to regulation and running ever faster to stay in the same place. Complexity can only be controlled with matching complexity, which is why current models of regulation for the financial services sector are not fit for purpose. However, these problems can be overcome by introducing of polycentric self-governance systems, of the type found in sporting organisations from local to global levels. Using this approach businesses could engage with their stakeholders to become more self-regulating and self-governing. If the UK Government were to develop this approach the UK would become a role model for the world.

Keywords: Privatising Regulation, Financial Services, Regulation, Self-regulation

JEL Classification: G20, G28

Suggested Citation

Turnbull, Shann, Privatising Regulation To Enrich Democracy (February 01, 2021). Long Finance (February 2021), 12 pages, Available at SSRN:

Shann Turnbull (Contact Author)

Z/Yen Group Limited ( email )

41 Lothbury
United Kingdom

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