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Howard Davies

Howard Davies

Writing for PS since 2009
88 commentaries

Howard Davies, the first chairman of the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority (1997-2003), is Chairman of NatWest Group. He was Director of the London School of Economics (2003-11) and served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry.

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  1. Are Global Capital Rules Possible?
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    Are Global Capital Rules Possible?

    Mar 29, 2024 Howard Davies thinks major Western jurisdictions' institutional differences could sink standardization efforts.

  2. Where It Pays to Be a Banker
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    Where It Pays to Be a Banker

    Jan 5, 2024 Howard Davies maps the growing divergence of tax and regulatory policies in America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

  3. We Need to Talk About Bank Supervision
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    We Need to Talk About Bank Supervision

    Sep 22, 2023 Howard Davies thinks the renewed debate over commercial bank capital requirements largely misses the point.

  4. Buffer Madness
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    Buffer Madness

    Jul 14, 2023 Howard Davies questions the merits of increasing banks' capital as a way to ensure financial stability.

  5. America’s Financial Regulatory System Is Still Broken
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    America’s Financial Regulatory System Is Still Broken

    Mar 22, 2023 Howard Davies laments that the post-2008 Dodd-Frank reforms left in place a framework riddled with structural shortcomings.

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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva & Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

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    Many countries’ recent experiences show that boosting manufacturing employment is like chasing a fast-receding target. Automation and skill-biased technology have made it extremely unlikely that manufacturing can be the labor-absorbing activity it once was, which means that the future of “good jobs” must be created in services.

    shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
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    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.

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