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Howard Davies

Howard Davies

Writing for PS since 2009
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Howard Davies, the first chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority (1997-2003), is Chairman of NatWest Group. He was Director of the London School of Economics (2003-11) and served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry.

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  1. Are Global Capital Rules Possible?
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    Are Global Capital Rules Possible?

    Mar 29, 2024 Howard Davies thinks major Western jurisdictions' institutional differences could sink standardization efforts.

  2. Where It Pays to Be a Banker
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    Where It Pays to Be a Banker

    Jan 5, 2024 Howard Davies maps the growing divergence of tax and regulatory policies in America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

  3. We Need to Talk About Bank Supervision
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    We Need to Talk About Bank Supervision

    Sep 22, 2023 Howard Davies thinks the renewed debate over commercial bank capital requirements largely misses the point.

  4. Buffer Madness
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    Buffer Madness

    Jul 14, 2023 Howard Davies questions the merits of increasing banks' capital as a way to ensure financial stability.

  5. America’s Financial Regulatory System Is Still Broken
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    America’s Financial Regulatory System Is Still Broken

    Mar 22, 2023 Howard Davies laments that the post-2008 Dodd-Frank reforms left in place a framework riddled with structural shortcomings.

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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.

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