POLI SCI 191: The Comparative Politics of Finance and Financial Regulation

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Article Databases for Regulatory Info

These database can provide background information and in-depth analysis on regulations in the U.S. and around the world.

News Sources

Since much of the current regulatory information can be relatively new, the best sources of information may be news sources.  These sources can provide a lot of background, but indepth analysis may be lacking.

Congressional Information

Overview of the U.S. Regulatory System

Traditional civic lessons seem to stop after the president signs a bill into law.  This is unfortunate since passing the law is only half of the story.  Laws passed by the U.S. Congress are generally written using broad language, and its up to the federal agencies, with assistence from the White House Office of Management and Budget, and public comments, to produce the regulations specifying how the law is to be interpreted. 

The Reg Map: Informal Rulemaking

As illustrated by the above 9-step map the work involved in producing regulations is immense, but there are only 2 publications to use when researching regulations:

Federal Register- The Federal Register is published everyday (except on federal holidays) and provides proposed rules, final rules, announcements, regulatory agendas, and everything else related to the regulation process.  The Federal Register is abbreviated FR in legal citations. 

Code of Federal Regulations- Final rules and regulations published in the Federal Register are collected and published in the Code of Federal Regulations.  It is the current regulations in force.  This 50+ volume set is published annually in paper.  CFR is the legal citation for the Code of Federal Regulations.

Sources for Regulatory Information

The following are sources for regulatory information within the United States.

Following the Money Through Congress

Other Federal Agencies of Interest

The following agencies can help you discover regulations relating to financial reform or change.

Financial Bodies

The following are some major financial bodies in the world. 

Databases for International Regulations

U.S. Company Information

These resources will give you some detailed information on US companies.  Keep in mind that much information is available for publicly traded companies (ie Wall Street), while very little information is available for private companies.  For privately held companies, your best bet would be news sources and Business Source Complete. 

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