Title: Limited Fragmentation through Coordination in the Regulation of the Energy and Telecommunications Sectors in Belgium
Authors: Aubin, David
Verhoest, Koen
Mathieu, Emmanuelle
Matthys, Joery #
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2009
Conference: European Consortium for Political Research. General conference edition:F5th location:Potsdam date:10-12 September 2009
Abstract: In the post-liberalisation area, utility companies operate in a context of multilevel regulation, involving a wide set of authorities with general or sector-based competencies. Such a specialisation in the regulatory arrangements may generate fragmentation and lack of effectiveness. This paper tempers these predictions and shows that coordination mechanisms drastically limit fragmentation in multi-level regulatory arrangements. In other terms, specialisation is not synonymous of fragmentation as coordination mechanisms compensate the dispersion of competencies between multiple levels and authorities. Using a typology of coordination instruments, the aim is to identify which instruments contribute to avoid fragmentation in the regulatory arrangements. The empirical analysis is based on a comparison of two utility sectors, energy and telecommunications, from a single-country perspective. Although the number of regulatory actors involved in each sector is quite substantial, arising coordination needs are dealt with by a range of procedural and structural coordination mechanisms. A multitude of coordination instruments are used in regulatory arrangements, notably advisory platforms in vertical coordination and non-binding advices in horizontal coordination.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Public Governance Institute
# (joint) last author

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