Friday, August 31, 2012

Stephan: Regulatory Competition and Anticorruption Law

Paul B. Stephan III (Univ. of Virginia - Law) has posted Regulatory Competition and Anticorruption Law (Virginia Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article considers whether the prospect of increased competition in the regulation of international bribery is desirable or not. It explores the factors that can determine whether this competition will augment or diminish global welfare. Its conclusion is optimistic. Based on what we know about the general dynamics of regulatory competition, the risk that multiple anticorruption regimes will lead to confusion, obstruction of valuable transactions, or a kind of arms race among states seeking to protect national champions is low. Conversely, the likelihood that multiple, often overlapping regimes will decrease the incidence of welfare-diminishing corruption is high. The article initially was presented at a conference organized by the Virginia Journal of International Law and the John Bassett Moore Society of International Law.