European Journal of Law and Economics

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 535–553 | Cite as

Politicization, banking experience and risk in savings banks

  • Emma García-Meca
  • Juan Pedro Sánchez-Ballesta


During the global financial crisis, criticism of the politicization and lack of professionalization of the savings banks has taken a central position in the political debate. The aim of this article is to analyze if the political presence of governing bodies in Spanish savings banks has been reflected in their various risk-taking behaviors before and during the financial crisis. We will also analyze whether the influence of the chairman’s banking experience matters. The results do not provide evidence that the composition of the boards of savings bank, or even their politicization, have played a role. However we show that savings banks run by a chairman with previous banking experience are likely to be significantly more solvent and less volatile.


Corporate governance Crisis Policy 

JEL Classification

G21 G30 G34 



We acknowledge financial support from the Research Agency of the Spanish Government (Project ECO2011-29144-C03-02).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma García-Meca
    • 1
  • Juan Pedro Sánchez-Ballesta
    • 2
  1. 1.Technical University of CartagenaCartagenaSpain
  2. 2.University of MurciaMurciaSpain

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