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Multi-Level Regulation in the Telecommunications Sector: Adaptive Regulatory Arrangements in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland

ISBN13: 9781137004918
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Through a comparison of the telecommunications sectors in four small EU-countries, this study assesses regulatory authorities at international, supranational national and regional level within and between sectors (telecom, media, general competition) successfully offering a new and more holistic perspective of multi-level regulation in network industries. Rather than focusing exclusively on features of the individual sectoral regulatory agency this book considers all the regulatory actors at different government levels involved in the regulatory arrangement of a specific market and their interplay. Furthermore, it assesses the design and functioning of these multi-level regulatory arrangements in terms of decision-making coordination and exemplifies how national telecom regulatory agencies share and coordinate regulatory decisions with other regulatory authorities at EU-, national and regional level within the sector and across sectors (media, general competition) in order to provide coherent regulation of telecom markets. Combining theories of regulatory governance and public administration the book analyzes how specialization and coordination within these regulatory arrangements influence the relative decision-making power and autonomy of the sectoral regulatory agency, as well as how these arrangements adapt to overcome regulatory incoherencies.

Telecommunications Law
1. Aim, Central Claims and Structure of the Book
Koen Verhoest and David Aubin
2. Assessing the Regulatory Arrangements: Concepts, Theory and Methods
David Aubin, Emmanuelle Mathieu, Joery Matthys and Koen Verhoest
3. Regulation of Telecommunications in Belgium: Organizational Complexity and Regulatory Effectiveness
Emmanuelle Mathieu and David Aubin
4. Informal Relationships and de Facto Independence of the Regulator in the Irish Telecommunications Regulatory Arrangement
Muiris MacCarthaigh
5. To Merge or not to Merge: The Institutional Re-Design of Telecommunications Regulation in the Netherlands
Kutsal Yesilkagit
6. Regulation of the Telecommunications in Switzerland: A Network Approach to Assess the Regulatory Agencies' Independence
Karin Ingold and Frederic Varone
7. Autonomy and Decision-Making Power of Independent Regulatory Agencies in Multi-Level Arrangements
Koen Verhoest, David Aubin, Joery Matthys and Emmanuelle Mathieu
8. Evolutionary Multi-Level Regulatory Arrangements: The Impacts of the Resolution of Incoherencies
David Aubin and Koen Verhoest