DOI: 10.1515/ecfr-2022-0024 ISSN:

Administrative Discretion in U. S. Banking Regulation

Daniel K. Tarullo
  • Law
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)



U.S. banking regulators have considerable discretion in developing and enforcing prudential rules. Regulators have also enjoyed wide discretion in exercising supervisory authority over banks, in order to guard against potential safety and soundness risks that are not covered by the rules. However, recent developments in U.S. administrative law may create some conflict with that broad discretion. Whether or not this conflict comes to pass, a form of judicial review that focuses less on individual supervisory actions, and more on the overall framework within which the supervisory function is carried out, is a more promising way to achieve the administrative law aims of fairness and consistency.

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