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Event Organiser

Edinburgh Europa Research Group

Event Title

What Political Science Can Tell Us about the Banking Union


Wednesday 4 November 2015


Room G.02 | 50 George Square
The University of Edinburgh


Prof David Howarth
Professor of Political Economy · University of Luxembourg

Anthony Salamone | Chair
Europa Research Group Co-Convenor · PhD Candidate in Politics · University of Edinburgh


Principal-Agent theory has rarely been applied to analyse the relationship between two non-majoritarian institutions. This presentation explains how an application of Principal-Agent theory sheds light on the design and likely operation of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) and, specifically, relations between the European Central Bank (ECB) and National Competent Authorities (NCAs). The SSM has strong centrifugal forces, especially with regard to the supervision of smaller banks, despite the agreement of a single supervisory manual to be used by all NCAs. The ECB Principal has thus been assigned control mechanisms to prevent NCA Agent slippage.

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