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Network governance and the domestic adoption of soft rules


Maggetti, Martino; Gilardi, Fabrizio (2014). Network governance and the domestic adoption of soft rules. Journal of European Public Policy, 21(9):1293-1310.

Abstract

European regulatory networks (ERNs) are in charge of producing and disseminating non-bindings standards, guidelines and recommendations in a number of important domains, such as banking and finance, electricity and gas, telecommunications, and competition regulation. The goal of these soft rules is to promote ‘best practices’, achieve co-ordination among regulatory authorities and ensure the consistent application of harmonized pro-competition rules across Europe. This contribution examines the domestic adoption of the soft rules developed within the four main ERNs. Different factors are expected to influence the process of domestic adoption: the resources of regulators; the existence of a review panel; and the interdependence of the issues at stake. The empirical analysis supports hypotheses about the relevance of network-level factors: monitoring and public reporting procedures increase the final level of adoption, while soft rules concerning highly interdependent policy areas are adopted earlier.

Abstract

European regulatory networks (ERNs) are in charge of producing and disseminating non-bindings standards, guidelines and recommendations in a number of important domains, such as banking and finance, electricity and gas, telecommunications, and competition regulation. The goal of these soft rules is to promote ‘best practices’, achieve co-ordination among regulatory authorities and ensure the consistent application of harmonized pro-competition rules across Europe. This contribution examines the domestic adoption of the soft rules developed within the four main ERNs. Different factors are expected to influence the process of domestic adoption: the resources of regulators; the existence of a review panel; and the interdependence of the issues at stake. The empirical analysis supports hypotheses about the relevance of network-level factors: monitoring and public reporting procedures increase the final level of adoption, while soft rules concerning highly interdependent policy areas are adopted earlier.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:European Union, independent regulatory agencies, networks, regulation
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:05 Jan 2015 16:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:40
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1350-1763
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2014.923018
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13501763.2014.923018
Related URLs:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2014.923018#.VJKW62Mm5M8 (Publisher)

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