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Hierarchy, polyarchy, and experimentalism in EU banking regulation: The SSM in action

Seminar part of the FBF series “Finance in the Tuscan Hills”

Add to calendar 2023-02-20 15:30 2023-02-20 17:00 Europe/Rome Hierarchy, polyarchy, and experimentalism in EU banking regulation: The SSM in action Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia & Online Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


20 February 2023

15:30 - 17:00 CET


Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia & Online


In this seminar, Jonathan Zeitlin, visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, will present his paper on the evolution of the institutional structures of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).

Jonathan Zeitlin will present his paper analysing the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) from three overlapping perspectives: first, as a centralized hierarchy, seeking to enforce uniform rules, standards, and procedures; second, as a polyarchic network, seeking to orchestrate cooperation between the ECB and national authorities; and finally, as an experimentalist organization, seeking to learn from diversity by adapting common rules and procedures to the specificities of individual banks, and revising them regularly through peer review of implementation experience at multiple levels. Drawing extensively on interviews and primary documents, the paper traces the evolution of the SSM’s institutional structures, decision-making processes, and organizational practices from its origins to the present. On this basis, the paper argues that the most encompassing perspective on the SSM is that of an experimentalist organization, which integrates and recasts key elements of the other two views into a more complete and dynamic analysis of its evolving architecture and practical operations.

The event will be in hybrid format and can be followed online through the link received after registration.


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