Dodd-Frank, Regulatory Innovation, and the Safety of Consumer Financial Products
Among the many parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, few have received as much mainstream attention as the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. As is often the case with legislation in recent years, though, some of the most vocalized critiques of the Bureau lack a foundation in Dodd-Frank as enacted or in the Bureau’s start-up efforts. This brief essay explores the nature of the Bureau and its promising possibilities for regulatory innovation that should transcend stale debates about regulatory overreach or command-and-control approaches. This commentary also reviews the unusual dialogue preceding Dodd-Frank about whether medical providers and other service businesses fall within the Bureau’s jurisdiction.
Melissa B. Jacoby. "Dodd-Frank, Regulatory Innovation, and the Safety of Consumer Financial Products" North Carolina Banking Institute Journal 15 (2011): 99-110.
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