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The Effects of European Regulatory Networks on the Bureaucratic Autonomy of National Regulatory Authorities

Ole Danielsen () and Kutsal Yesilkagit ()

Public Organization Review, 2014, vol. 14, issue 3, 353-371

Abstract: This article discusses the effects of European regulatory networks on the bureaucratic autonomy of national regulators as regards regulatory rule-enforcement and rulemaking. Drawing on institutional theory, the article elaborates scope conditions for networks to yield an effect along this property and assesses these arguments in a study of the formation and institutionalization of the European Competition Network and how it structures relationships between competition authorities and resort ministries in The Netherlands, Sweden and the non-EU member-state Norway. It is argued that by virtue of accumulating and embedding strong norms of independence, the network yields an “autonomizing” effect vis-à-vis participating organizations. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: European regulatory networks; National regulatory agencies; Bureaucratic autonomy; Multilevel antitrust enforcement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s11115-013-0220-4

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