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Private Governance of Financial Markets: the US Regulatory Regime on Hedge Funds
Robotti, Paola
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
The article investigates the private governance of financial markets by looking at the evolution of the regulatory debate on hedge funds in the US market. It starts from the premise that the privatization of regulation is always the result of a political decision and analyzes how this decision came about and was implemented in the case of hedge funds. The starting point is the failure of two initiatives on hedge funds that US regulators launched between 1999 an 2004, which the analysis explains by elaborating the concept of self-capture. Facing a trade off between the need to tackle publicly demonized issues and the difficulty of monitoring increasingly sophisticated and powerful private markets, regulators purposefully designed initiatives that were not meant to succeed, that is, they “self-captured” their own activity. By formulating initiatives that were inherently flawed, regulators saved their public role and at the same time paved the way for the privatization of hedge fund regulation. This explanation identifies a link between the failure of public initiatives and the success of private ones. It illustrates a specific case of formation of private authority in financial markets that points to a more general practice emerging in the regulation of finance.
Mercats financers
Mercats financers -- Estats Units d'Amèrica
Finances -- Política governamental
Fons de cobertura
Fons de cobertura -- Estats Units d'Amèrica
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Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
IBEI Working Papers;2009/20

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