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Refining Regulatory Regimes

Utilities in Europe

Edited by David Coen and Adrienne Héritier

With regulation seeking to foster competition at the same time as also having to protect essential services, the authors investigate regulatory styles, costs of new regulatory functions and how firms in the new regulatory landscape access and influence regulatory authorities. The authors consider how EU pressures may hinder or help the functioning of new regulatory markets and the establishment of business–regulator relationships, as well as the broader policy implications for these new regulatory environments. The book also determines how regulatory authorities emerge and evolve under different state traditions and assesses, over time, the degree to which there is potential for convergence, divergence and continued differences as regulatory functions mature.
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Chapter 8: Conclusion: Refining Regulatory Regimes

Adrienne Héritier


Adrienne Héritier This volume set out to conceptualise, theorise and empirically investigate four different aspects of regulation which have not been studied much before. In a first look at the problem, a macro view of regulatory structures is taken: Dominik Böllhoff analyses the existing regulatory regimes in telecommunications, energy and rail in Britain and Germany. He outlines their differing structures and divergent modes of operation and, in particular, scrutinises their development since their institution. Michael Bauer investigates the relative administrative costs of different types of regulatory regimes as compared to the administrative costs of the former public monopolies. Shifting the focus, then, onto the interaction between regulators and regulatees, that is, firms, David Coen and Adrienne Héritier investigate the conditions under which firms gain access to regulators to influence regulatory decisions, on the one hand, and the implementation of regulatory contracts by firms, on the other. From yet another perspective, finally, the new regulatory regimes are analysed with respect to their policy outcomes. Leonor Moral Soriano analyses the role of the European Court of Justice in the legal assessment of member states’ intervention to safeguard the provision of general interest services. André Suck studies the particular conditions which favour the production of renewable energies in the German and British energy sectors. What are the conclusions we can draw from the individual chapters regarding the leading questions outlined above? What causes the transformation or refining of regulatory regimes once they have been instituted? What is at the root...

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