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Linking democratic anchorage and regulatory authority: the case of internet regulators


Ewert, Christian; Kaufmann, Céline; Maggetti, Martino (2020). Linking democratic anchorage and regulatory authority: the case of internet regulators. Regulation and Governance, 14(2):184-202.

Abstract

Scholars and practitioners have repeatedly questioned the democraticness and the authority of transnational multi‐stakeholder organizations, especially those that regulate the internet. To contribute to this discussion, we studied the “democratic anchorages” and the regulatory authority of 23 internet regulators. In particular, we conducted a fuzzy‐set qualitative comparative analysis assessing whether and which anchorages correspond to necessary and/or sufficient conditions for exerting regulatory authority. Our results show that strong anchorage in democratic procedures is specifically relevant for this outcome. Further, we find that weak anchorage in democratically elected politicians leads to high regulatory authority, confirming the significance of non‐state actors in this policy field. More generally, our findings support but also qualify expectations about the compatibility and mutual reinforcement of democratic quality and regulatory authority at the transnational level.

Abstract

Scholars and practitioners have repeatedly questioned the democraticness and the authority of transnational multi‐stakeholder organizations, especially those that regulate the internet. To contribute to this discussion, we studied the “democratic anchorages” and the regulatory authority of 23 internet regulators. In particular, we conducted a fuzzy‐set qualitative comparative analysis assessing whether and which anchorages correspond to necessary and/or sufficient conditions for exerting regulatory authority. Our results show that strong anchorage in democratic procedures is specifically relevant for this outcome. Further, we find that weak anchorage in democratically elected politicians leads to high regulatory authority, confirming the significance of non‐state actors in this policy field. More generally, our findings support but also qualify expectations about the compatibility and mutual reinforcement of democratic quality and regulatory authority at the transnational level.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Public Administration
Social Sciences & Humanities > Law
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sociology and political science, law, public administration democratic quality, internet governance, multi-stakeholder organizations, QCA, regulatory authority
Language:English
Date:April 2020
Deposited On:02 Apr 2020 09:14
Last Modified:22 May 2020 14:50
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1748-5983
Additional Information:Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the 2–4 July 2015 SASE conference in London, UK and the 15‐16 June 2017 Final Conference of the National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) Democracy in Zurich, Switzerland.
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12188

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