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Architecture and policymaking: comparing experimentalist and hierarchical governance in EU energy regulation

Rangoni, Bernardo (2017) Architecture and policymaking: comparing experimentalist and hierarchical governance in EU energy regulation. Journal of European Public Policy, 26 (1). pp. 63-82. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2017.1385644

Abstract

This article contends that the same set of decision-making procedures can be used more or less experimentally or hierarchically, depending on strategic uncertainty and de facto polyarchy. It distinguishes architectures from policymaking, and offers widely applicable indicators to better distinguish more experimentalist or hierarchical institutional designs from how decision-making actually occurs. It argues that polyarchy can be understood in both de jure and de facto terms, and shows that neither is fixed; equally, it proposes an alternative operationalisation and shows that strategic uncertainty neither consistently rises nor gradually declines, but varies cyclically. It suggests that strategic uncertainty and de facto polyarchy might be jointly sufficient for experimentalist policymaking. Rather than a linear trend in which hierarchical governance re-emerges and experimentalist governance declines, it finds cyclical variation. More broadly, it extends claims that functional and political accounts are not mutually exclusive from questions of bureaucratic structures to their actual operation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjpp20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 09:35
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85342

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