Perspectives on the Governance of Global Financial Regulation
Working Paper #240
Following the 2008 world financial crisis, and the G-20’s reaction to it, significant reforms have taken place in 2009 to include members from developing countries for the first time in regulatory financial bodies. In the following sections the paper will first examine these reforms and suggest further improvements that would not only improve governance but also make regulation more effectively support global and national financial stability. The paper also makes suggestions for a possible role for Commonwealth countries and the secretariat in improving the global regulatory system and supporting each other. The paper will then examine broad principles for regulatory reform and discuss how global regulation could be strengthened, including through the possible creation of a global regulator.
About the Author
Financial Markets Program Director
Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
Stephany Griffith-Jones is an economist specialising in international finance and development, with emphasis on reform of the international and national financial system, especially in relation to financial regulation and global governance. She is Financial Markets Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University. Previously she was Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. She was Director of International Finance at the Commonwealth Secretariat and worked at UN DESA and ECLAC. She was senior consultant to governments in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa and many international agencies, including the World Bank, the IADB, the European Commission, UNDP and UNCTAD. She was a member of the Warwick Commission on financial regulation. She currently is theme leader on finance in the ESRC /DFID growth programme for LICs, especially African ones. She has published over 20 books and many scholarly and journalistic articles. Her books include Time for the Visible Hand, Lessons from the 2008 crisis, edited jointly with José Antonio Ocampo and Joseph Stiglitz.