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The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

Charles Goodhart, CBE, FBA

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) sets the guidelines for worldwide regulation of banks. It is the forum for agreeing international regulation on the conduct of banking. Based on special access to the archives of the BCBS and interviews with many of its key players, this book tells the story of the early years of the Committee from its foundation in 1974/5 right through until 1997 – the year that marks the watershed between the Basel I Accord on Capital Adequacy and the start of work on Basel II. In addition, the book covers the Concordat, the Market Risk Amendment, the Core Principles of Banking and all other facets of the work of the BCBS. While the book is primarily a record of the history of the BCBS, it also provides an assessment of its actions and efficacy. It is a major contribution to the historical record on banking supervision.

CHARLES GOODHART CBE, FBA is Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance and a member of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science, having previously served as the Group’s Deputy Director from 1987 to 2005. From 1985 until his retirement in 2002 he was the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE. Before moving into academia he worked at the Bank of England for seventeen years as a monetary advisor, becoming a chief advisor in 1980. Mr. Goodhart is a member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Financial Stability.

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