Through a brief overview of crisis-driven reforms of Economic and Monetary Union governance, the rationale and progress of agencification therein and an outline of agencies’ basic functions, this chapter details the motivation for studying agencies in European banking and their mode of governance. The chapter introduces the book’s main research question, objectives and methodology design. Bridging a precise lacuna in relevant scholarship, this short volume engages in a systematic, exploratory research of European agencies with competencies in prudential policy-making in order to shed light on the relationship dynamics of National Competent Authorities (NCAs) as part of these regulatory networks. By zooming in on NCAs’ interplay the book determines key drivers of agency governance, offering new knowledge on the actual practices of banking regulation and prudential policy-making.
KeywordsResearch objectives Methodology NCAs Relationship dynamics Agency governance
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