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Regulation of Network Sectors in the EU: A Federalist Perspective

Wolfgang Kerber () and Julia Wendel ()
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Julia Wendel: University of Marburg

MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: The vertical allocation of regulatory powers within the European two-level system of network sector regulation is analysed from the perspective of the economic theory of legal federalism. The analysis shows that sophisticated combinations of harmonised European rules along with sufficient scope for decentralised decisions of national regulators seem to be optimal. Especially interesting is that networks of regulatory authorities (as BEREC in telecommunications) can play an important role in regard to balancing the advantages and disadvantages of (de)centralisation. Whereas in regard to telecommunication a further shifting of regulatory powers to the EU level cannot be recommended, both in energy and railway markets it might still be necessary to strengthen the regulatory power of the EU.

Keywords: EU sector regulation; legal federalism; regulatory networks; telecommunication (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K23 H77 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-eur, nep-ger, nep-ict, nep-law, nep-net and nep-reg
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