Professor Martin's Book Featured at 2019 APSA Annual Meeting

West Virginia University Law professor Jena Martin, with co-author Karen Kunz, will be featured at the 2019 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting by publisher Lexington Books. Professor Martin's book, When the Levees Break: Re-visioning Regulation of the Securities Markets, was published in 2016 and recently released in paperback in April 2019.

Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, will exhibit the book at the APSA Annual Meeting, August 29-31, 2019 in Washington D.C.

From the publisher:

The stock markets. Whether you invest or not, the workings of the stock market almost certainly touch your life. Either through your retirement fund, your mutual fund or just because you work for a place that invests (or is invested in)—the reach of the securities markets is expanding, like an ever growing tidal wave.

This book discusses what happens when that wave hits the shore. Specifically, this book argues that, given the mounting deluge from misplaced regulation, fast-paced technology, and dominant financial players, the current US regulatory structure is woefully inadequate to hold back the tide.

Using vivid imagery and plain language, Karen Kunz and Jena Martin take the problems involved in regulating the complex world of securities head on. Examining everything from the rise of technology and the role of hedge funds to our bloated agency system, Kunz and Martin argue that the current structure is doomed to fail and, when it does, the consequences will be disastrous.

Sending out a call to action, the authors also offer a bold vision for how to fix the mess we’ve made—not by tinkering around the edges—but instead by building a whole new structure, one that can withstand the next storm that is sure to come.