Matarr Njie

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Accounting, Finance and Economics


Faculty of Business and Law


This dissertation makes a contribution towards the creation of a greater understand ing of the process of financial liberalization and the role of government during this process by arguing that financial liberalization and government intervention are not necessarily mutually exclusive processes. By analysing the strong nexus that exists between government and the finance industry in Malaysia under the country's gradualist approach to financial liberalization, the dissertation shows that contrary to popular theory, this type of financial reform can also impact positively on a country's banking industry. This suggests that the notwithstanding financial liberalization, government interventions would still be needed to correct for market failures and that such interventions can take place even where the financial reform programmes are being implemented.