A social network-based approach to assess de facto independence of regulatory agencies

Ingold, Karin; Varone, Frédéric Jean; Stokman, Frans (2013). A social network-based approach to assess de facto independence of regulatory agencies. Journal of European public policy, 20(10), pp. 1464-1481. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13501763.2013.804280

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This article uses a policy network perspective to assess the independence of regulatory agencies (RAs) in liberalized public utility sectors. We focus on the de facto independence of RAs from elected politicians, regulatees and other co-regulators. We go further than previous studies, which only undertook a general analysis of the de jure independence of RAs from political authorities. Specifically, we apply a social network analysis (SNA), which concentrates on the attributes and relational profiles of all actors involved in new regulatory arrangements. The concept of de facto independence is applied to the Swiss telecommunications sector in order to provide initial empirical insights. Results clearly show that SNA indicators are an appropriate tool to identify the de facto independence of RAs and can improve knowledge about the issues arising from the emergence of the ‘regulatory State’.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam and Varone, Frédéric Jean

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1350-1763

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mahboob Hasan

Date Deposited:

23 May 2014 16:04

Last Modified:

28 Mar 2017 12:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13501763.2013.804280

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/50429

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