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Barr, Jackson, and Tahyar
Financial Regulation: Law and Policy

Today's Financial Regulation. The textbook takes as its starting point today's financial sector, which has been reshaped by the Financial Crisis and the still ongoing fundamental reforms to financial regulation that followed. History, technological change, turf battles, politics, ideology, and other factors are brought to bear so that students may understand why and how markets and regulation have evolved and will continue to evolve. The book provides students with the situational awareness they will need to be outstanding lawyers, regulators, and policy-makers.

Modular. The textbook consists of 12 parts with 44 chapters, typically of 25-30 pages. Each chapter is designed for one class period. The textbook supports a 2, 3, or 4 credit course. It can be used for a classic bank regulatory course, a broad financial regulation course, or specialized topics. It covers regulation of the entire financial sector, including banks, broker-dealers, insurance, asset management, derivatives, shadow banking, payments systems, fintech, and consumer protection. It also includes extensive materials on the regulation of systemic risk. Professors can mix and match chapters to meet their own needs. In many of the parts, the first chapter alone can be used to provide students with an introduction to a specific area of regulation, such as insurance or derivatives. Professors can also assign materials from the book as readings for guest lecturers presenting specialized topics. Model syllabi are available for different teaching options.

Accessible. The textbook does not use "hide the ball" methods to teach. Chapters are designed to be accessible, offering a solid foundation for all students before introducing more challenging materials. For example, the textbook includes chapters to introduce students to important topics like financial accounting and capital regulation, which many students can find challenging.

Balanced. The coauthors have different backgrounds and perspectives, and the textbook exposes students to a wide variety of contrasting views. Barr was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Act at Treasury. Jackson is a leading figure in re-conceptualizing financial regulation and was a coauthor of an earlier, much respected textbook on Financial Regulation. Tahyar is a nationally recognized practitioner representing financial firms of all types and sizes in the new regulatory environment. Their different perspectives, and that of many other scholars cited and excerpted, enrich the textbook. Professors of all points of view should be comfortable using this textbook.

Practical. The coauthors have practical experience in financial regulation from their work in private practice, government service, and consulting. The materials in the textbook reflect those backgrounds and should prepare students well to practice financial law in both private and public sectors. Additional detailed teaching problems will be available online for those interested in adding further experiential learning components to their courses.

Ready-to-Use. The textbook comes with a teacher's manual that explores key themes, suggests a range of teaching approaches, answers questions presented in the textbook, and includes class slides for each chapter. The textbook and slides have been field-tested with students, and the chapters have been reviewed by a range of academic, private sector, and regulatory experts, whose comments and suggestions have been incorporated into the published text.

Summary. This cutting edge textbook is what you've been hoping for ever since the Financial Crisis.

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