New Perspectives in Regulatory History

Introduction to a Business History Review Special Issue


We live in tumultuous times, to say the least. The recent financial crisis raised global concerns about financial deregulation and contributed to a populist backlash against expert-led governance. Then, Britain voted to leave the European Union—an ongoing saga—and the U.S. presidential election sparked investigations into foreign interference, leading many Americans to question not only the security of their online data but also the power of new tech giants, echoing concerns already advancing in Europe. Together, these crises have strengthened existing critiques of our regulatory past and generated novel ideas for our future. Financialization, “globalism,” and, more generally, modern capitalism and the regulatory state are at the forefront of political and economic debates, both within the academy and in the general public