Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK: Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK

Translated title of the contribution: Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK: Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK

Sheila O'Donohoe

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Abstract

Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this cross-national study is to evaluate the communality and differences in experiences and policy responses in the run up to the 2007-2009 credit crisis and during its critical early stages in Germany, Ireland and the UK. The importance of shared cognitive illusions regarding the
power and stability of financial markets is emphasised.
Design/methodology/approach – A multiple case study approach is used which draws on publicly available information to trace developments leading up to bank failures (or near failures) and the evolution of government responses drawing upon alternative paradigms used to justify State
intervention.
Findings – Findings emphasise the role of state regulatory bodies and their response to the crisis as a primary source of the “rules of the game” in financial markets, here it is the “game of bank bargains” and a potential source of repair. Given the degree of interconnectedness, opacity and complexity of financial
markets investors/politicians/regulators will fall victim to cognitive biases which affect their decisions.
Research limitations/implications – This case study method allows identification of patterns indecision-makers’ behaviour and yields richer insights than a quantitative approach but is limited in its generalisability.
Practical implications – This paper offers practical implications in suggesting that a pivotal step ineffective crisis management requires directly addressing sources of uncertainty, namely, time pressure,complexity and opacity of underlying cause– effect relationships, empowering decision-makers to act
responsibly.

Originality/value – This paper is novel in its illustration of the collective cognitive paradigm for
justifying regulatory action across three countries using six case studies.
Keywords Regulation, Bank failure, Regulatory enforcement
Translated title of the contributionFinancial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK: Financial Regulation, Collective Cognition and Nation State Crisis Management: A multiple case study of bank failures in Germany, Ireland and the UK
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Risk Finance
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • regulation,
  • bank failure
  • regulatory enforcement

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