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Exploring the co-ordination of economic regulation

Koop, Christel and Lodge, Martin ORCID: 0000-0002-4273-6118 (2014) Exploring the co-ordination of economic regulation. Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (9). pp. 1311-1329. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2014.923023


The literature on power dispersion in the regulatory state emphasizes the interdependence of regulatory agencies. However, this may conflict with their independence and specialization. Given this potential conflict, what provisions exist to facilitate co-ordination? And do these reflect national administrative traditions? This study explores these questions in the context of the formalization of co-ordination in economic regulation. First, we develop a new analytical framework for the analysis of co-ordination. Second, we set out how national administrative traditions may affect the formalization of co-ordination. Third, we explore the variation in co-ordination by analysing the formal relations among regulators in four countries with distinct administrative traditions – Germany, Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom (UK). Our findings suggest that the variation may at least partially be traced back to the independence of agencies. They also stress the importance of competition authorities as focal organizations in shaping relations in the area of economic regulation.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Government
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:30
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:11

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