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Financial Elites and European BankingHistorical Perspectives$
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Youssef Cassis and Giuseppe Telesca

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198782797.001.0001

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Basel Banking Supervisors and the Construction of an International Standard-Setter Institution

Basel Banking Supervisors and the Construction of an International Standard-Setter Institution

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(p.209) 9 Basel Banking Supervisors and the Construction of an International Standard-Setter Institution
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Financial Elites and European Banking
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Alexis Frédéric Drach

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198782797.003.0010

From the 1970s on, banking supervision grew in size and importance. Which were the characteristics of the regulatory elite leading this activity? Based on archival material from central banks and supervisory institutions and on a collective biography analysis, this chapter explores the profile of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision members, their role in the construction of an international regulatory institution, and some of their first achievements. It shows that some Basel Committee members were deeply involved in transnational networks of governance, others used their experience as banking supervisor in the private sector, while still others had a more national-centred career and stayed in the central banking or banking supervision sector. The Basel Committee members were the elite of banking supervisors. Over time, their committee evolved from a club to a standard-setter institution, illustrating the newly acquired influence both of banking supervision and experts and expertise in international financial governance.

Keywords:   banking supervision, Basel Committee, collective biographies, expertise, international institution, financial governance

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