Beyond cynicism and fatalism: Three lessons for a social studies of financial regulation

Nathan Coombs
This chapter argues for the benefits of going beyond existing approaches to financial regulation centred on capture theory and critical commentary on the epistemic limits of regulatory enterprise. Building upon the research programme of science studies and the social studies of finance, three lessons are identified which may help researchers break free from the critical doom loop of cynicism and fatalism: (1) Listen to the actors, (2) models matter, and (3) discover that macro in the micro.
doi:10.17605/ fatcat:yvraoydwhza35pky6og3ld4avu