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“The new regulatory regime: The institutional design of telecommunications regulation at the national level”

Bollhoff, Dominik (2001) “The new regulatory regime: The institutional design of telecommunications regulation at the national level”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin.

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    Some political scientists have been exploring the emergence of the regulatory state and argue that regulatory structures are ‘institutionally downloaded.’ Drawing on this debate, this paper argues for a more differentiated view and analyses the developmental path towards new regulatory regimes in the utilities in more depth. States can opt for a variety of institutional designs such as ministries, administrative agencies, competition authorities, self-regulation, or regulatory agencies. Using diffusion theory and historical institutionalism in reference to cases of telecommunications regulation, explanations are offered for why both the Office of Telecommunications in Britain and Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts in Germany institutionalized in accord with the regulatory agency model. Comparing the institutional design in a two-level analysis demonstrates that the two regulators show convergence on a macro-organizational level (overall designing structure), but divergence on a micro-organizational level (internal administrative procedures).

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Diffusion theory; historical institutionalism.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > telecommunication policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regulations/regulatory policies
    Countries > Germany
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2006
    Page Range: p. 24
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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