Testing the Global Financial Transparency Regime

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Title Testing the Global Financial Transparency Regime
Author Sharman, Jason Campbell
Journal Name International Studies Quarterly
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Abstract How can we tell whether rules that apply in theory actually do so in practice? Realists argue that the gap between what formal rules proscribe and their effectiveness may be particularly wide at the international level. Furthermore, dominant states may impose costly standards on others that they themselves choose not to implement. To test these propositions, the article assesses the effectiveness of international soft law standards prohibiting anonymous participation in the global financial system by seeking to break these standards. The findings indicate that the prohibition on anonymous corporations is relatively ineffective and is flouted much more in G7 countries than in tax havens. The article contributes to and extends the work of realist scholars in international political economy, both in their skepticism of formal rules and focus on the effects of power. Evidence is drawn from the author’s solicitations and purchases of anonymous shell companies from 45 corporate service providers in 22 countries.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00693.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 International Studies Association. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Volume 55
Issue Number 4
Page from 981
Page to 1001
ISSN 0020-8833
Date Accessioned 2011-11-29
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42551
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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