Call #5 - Finance, Law and Economics

Rethinking the Post-Crisis Relationship between Finance, Law, and Economics

The YSI Finance, Law, and Economics Working Group is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the North America Convening, 22-24 February 2019. We especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches which can help foster closer interaction between different disciplines, as that is one of the aims of our Working Group. Our topics include, but not limited to:

The Global Financial Crisis and the Relationship between States and Markets:

More than a decade after the last financial meltdown, some fundamental questions remain. The financial regulatory framework is far from being a static arena: multi-layered jurisdictions, multiple fora and venues in which global and national interests meet (and sometimes collide), and the unique nature of the regulatory tools that are used in this domain, have all contributed to shaping the relationship between states, markets, and institutional actors. What role is there for financial and market regulation today? Has there been increased legal fragmentation in this area since the Crisis?  What new or alternative financial regulatory instruments and institutions have we seen arise since the Crisis? 

Technology, Inequality, and Market Dominance:

Since the Global Financial Crisis, there has been an increase in economic inequality, low job growth rates, and increased market concentration among a few powerful corporations. The increased power and wealth of technology companies have played an important role in the changing market, economic, and political dynamics globally in the past decade.  As these actors are also becoming more powerful economically and politically, what alternatives are available to counter their market dominance?  What effects are these companies having on labor markets?  How are they engaging in governance?  What influence are they having on political outcomes?

Regulatory Competition:

We are also witnessing states increasingly competing with one another by their regulatory environments. How is such competition changing the regulatory landscapes at the national and supranational levels (e.g., tax havens, corporate protections, lowering environmental standards)?  What are the externalities associated with such competition?  In what ways does regulatory competition shift the relationship between corporations, markets, and states? 

Further topics that could be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of law in constituting the boundaries of economic institutions of capitalism,
  • The role of experts and relevant stakeholders (industry participants, associations, policy makers) in delineating dominant ways of thinking about the interaction between states, markets, and corporations, disciplinary divides, and policy problems;
  • The effects of trade protectionism on markets and possible legal or policy responses;
  • The interaction between institutional actors beyond states and markets that are engaging in governance;
  • Theories on the role of monetary policy in legal, economic, and policy debates;
  • Legal issues involving cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology;
  • Global finance and development;
  • Investment arbitration;
  • The role of fiscal policy in addressing inequality;
  • Political economy and law;
  • Methodological approaches to any issues relating to law, economics, and finance.

We welcome a variety of perspectives, including local, national, regional, or global ones, as well as historical and comparative methods.


Apply here:
Deadline: 18 December