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Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

 

Email: risk@lse.ac.uk
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7955 6577
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CARR - Analysis of Risk and Regulation

 

The Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre whose core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices.

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New Risk & Regulation Magazine: Edition 29 Summer 2015              

The latest issue of CARR’s bi-annual magazine focuses in particular on the theme of regulation for sustainability and also features articles about CARR activities.
 

New CARR Discussion Papers Regulation of Higher Education & Reputational Basis of Public Accountability

The latest CARR discussion papers reflect on latest research and workshop activity. The Regulation of Higher Education brings together contributions from Julia Black, Andrew Boggs, Heather Fry, Nick Hillman, Stephen Jackson, Roger King, Martin Lodge and Simeon Underwood. In The reputational basis of public accountability, Madalina Busuioc and Martin Lodge develop a novel perspective on the study of accountability relationships.

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Regulation of Standards in Public Life
Speakers: Professor Martin Lodge and Charles Borden

Recorded on 2 June 2015

The growing ethics industry is said to have a considerable impact on life in politics. This claim, often made in the context of US politics, is examined by Charles Borden (CARR Visiting Fellow) and Martin Lodge. Is there an international trend towards codification of standards in public life? What are key national differences? How can issues of enforcement be resolved? What are the unintended consequences of greater codification.

 

TransCrisis – Enhancing the EU’s Transboundary Crisis Management Capacities

CARR is leading a three-year, major research consortium, funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme. The first newsletter reflects on the different research activities.

 

 

Risk Culture in Financial Organisations

Although there is widespread consensus that problems of ‘risk culture’ contributed to the financial crisis there is less agreement on what ‘risk culture’ actually is and how it might be managed by financial institutions. 

This project intends to increase our understanding of ‘risk culture’ and effect a knowledge transfer from academia to business by focusing on the ‘cultural drivers’ (e.g. the rate of expansion in operations, approaches to oversight and assurance, level of employee discretion and the framing of risk) which influence the risk taking and control activities of banks and other financial institutions (BOFIs). The intention is not to presume what a ‘good risk culture’ looks like but to investigate the often competing aspects of organisational culture which can drive both risk taking and its mitigation.  We aim for collective knowledge production – working together with CROs and other relevant actors to arrive at a shared view of the cultural factors that drive risk taking and avoiding within BOFIs.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To provide a bottom-up view of risk culture, analysing in a practical way the ‘cultural drivers’ in the cultures of BOFIs which are risk-relevant.
  • To benchmark results obtained from a representative sample of organisations, providing an overview of common themes, unique aspects and areas of disagreement in the characteristics of BOFI risk cultures.
  • To develop a useable ‘risk culture instrument’ that can be used by CROs and others to manage their institutions’ risk cultures in a more explicit manner.
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The report was published on 8 November 2012. To read the full report, please click here.  

 

Please click here to read the ESRC article titled "Researching risk in financial organisations" from 5 December 2012.

 
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Risk Culture in Financial Organisations Project have published a Thinkpiece for CII on 20 May 2013. To read the Thinkpiece, please click here.

 

Final-Risk-Culture-ReportPress release - Risk Culture in Financial Organisations publish final report: 30 September 2013

Joint research from LSE (Professor Mike Power and Dr Tommaso Palermo) and Plymouth University (Dr Simon Ashby) published today dispels ‘myths’ that poor or deviant risk culture in financial institutions is mainly responsible for recent scandals.

The report, Risk Culture in Financial Organisations, says that current debates misleadingly equate risk culture with greater precaution and risk aversion. It challenges the notion that there is a clear distinction between ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ risk cultures.

Professor Mike Power comments, “The risk cultures of financial organisations are full of trade-offs, and how they manage those trade-offs is fundamental. This clearly includes, but is not restricted to, the need to balance risk and return. In addition, we find that ‘good’ risk culture is as much about organisational clarity and confidence in making these trade-offs, as it is about the level of risk taken as such, or indeed about ethics.”

The report also questions the direction of certain financial sector reforms, including the significant focus on issues such as governance, ethics and incentives.

To read the full press release, please click here.

To final report is available here and the Executive Summary is available here.    

Project Leaders

Professor Mike Power (LSE)

 

Dr Simon Ashby (Plymouth Business School)

 

Dr Tommaso Palermo (LSE)

Sponsors logos - CIMA, ESRC, CII, LRN
 

The Regulators’ Forum is a unique initiative to bring together academics and practitioners in the field of regulation to share insights and lessons regarding contemporary regulatory challenges. Contemporary regulation often takes places within distinct policy domains, with little opportunity to draw on cross-sectoral experiences. CARR’s Regulators’ Forum, supported by LSE’s Knowledge Exchange initiative, seeks to provide for a setting for structured themes about key themes in regulation.

 

Forum 1 Inspection and Compliance

What are the challenges of risk-based and responsive enforcement strategies? How do different regulators deal with these challenges, how do they combine different inspection strategies, and what is the impact of austerity on enforcement practices? These were the themes of the first meeting of the Regulators' Forum.

Discussion summary Inspection and Compliance 

Forum 2 Emerging Risks

How problematic are emerging risks for regulators? How can they be identified and communicated? How can emerging risks be incorporated in the day-to-day practices? These were the key questions considered during the meeting of the Regulators’ Forum.

Discussion summary Emerging Risks 

Forum 3 Regulatory Performance

How difficult is it for regulators to manage and measure performance? This challenge has become increasingly pertinent as regulators are said to be under growing pressure to account for and justify their performance. What is the purpose of performance management? What are the ways in which performance is being measured? And how can behaviour distortions be avoided? This meeting of the Regulators’ Forum addressed these questions.

Discussion summary Regulatory Performance 

Forum 4 Managing Regulatory Failure

What are seen as regulatory failures? What are different types and causes for regulatory failure? And how can regulators manage failure, both in the short-term and the long-term? These were the questions that featured in this meeting of the Regulators’ Forum. It highlighted the various causes for failure, as well as the problems of managing a crisis in view of dispersed responsibilities.

Discussion summary Managing Regulatory Failure

Forum 5 Transboundary Regulation

How do regulators deal with cross-jurisdictional issues? How do they adjust to the demands stemming from different national approaches, whether in the context of UK-devolution or relationship with local authorities, EU membership or wider international commitments? How can regulators remain informed about wider developments? How can they influence other regulators’ activities and how can issues of co-ordination be addressed, for example, in terms of information exchange, consistency in decision-making, or in ensuring that responsibilities are clearly assigned?

Discussion summary Transboundary Regulation

Forum 6 Engaging with Stakeholders

One key claim is that participation enhances both the quality of regulatory decision-making and the legitimacy of regulatory decisions. How to ensure such participatory processes has proven far more difficult. There are issues about the timing of stakeholder engagement, about different rationales for engagement, about who the most relevant stakeholders are, about the appropriate technologies and venues for engagement, as well as about the extent to which regulators should be responsive to stakeholders’ perspectives. 

Discussion summary Engaging with Stakeholders

 

 

Forum 7 Assessment Tools for Regulators

How can regulators evaluate their performance? What are the questions that tools to guide evaluation exercises should ask? Is it even possible to develop a toolkit to support strategic and operational decision-making?

Discussion summary Assessment Tools for Regulators

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