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Digital co-regulation: designing a supranational legal framework for the platform economy

Finck, Michèle (2017) Digital co-regulation: designing a supranational legal framework for the platform economy. LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers (15/2017). Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: 10.2139/ssrn.2990043


This paper examines digital data-driven platforms and their impact on contemporary regulatory paradigms. While these phenomena are increasingly proclaimed as paradigm altering in many respects, they remain relatively little understood, including in their regulatory dimension. Lawmakers around the globe including the European Commission are currently trying to make sense of these evolutions and determine how to regulate digital platforms. In its 2016 Communication on Online Platforms, the European Commission proposed various options for regulating the platform economy, including self-regulatory and co-regulatory models. The Commission’s assumption that self-regulation or co-regulation can replace top-down legislative intervention in the platform economy forms the background of this paper, which examines these three options to determine their respective suitability. We shall conclude that as command-and-control regulation as well as self-regulation raise significant problems in their application to the platform economy, co-regulation emerges as the most adequate option if certain conditions are complied with.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 14:25
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:13

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