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Special Interest Groups Legislation and the Judicial Function: The Dilemma of Glass-Steagall, 33 Emory Law Journal 1 (1984)


This article examines and analyzes the Glass-Steagall Act (the Act), which separates commercial banking from investment banking and concludes that the most plausible explanation for the passage of the Act derives from a theory that recognizes the role of special interest groups in influencing legislative outcomes. It follows ineluctably from the application of this theory to the Glass-Steagall Act that judges, when called upon to interpret the Act, will face a virtually insurmountable burden due to the vast dichotomy between the ostensible legislative intent and the actual motivations of Congress.

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