The past decade has witnessed a proliferation of regulatory agencies at both the national and the EU level. This coherent and clearly structured book is the first of its kind to analyse in equal measure, and interdependently, both national regulatory authorities and European agencies. It brings together a select group of highly esteemed contributors - authorities in their fields - to provide a systematic and over-arching view of regulation in the EU. Unlike many of the previous attempts to shed light on this increasingly opaque and complex co-existence of regulatory systems, this book takes a genuinely multi-disciplinary approach with integrated perspectives from law, politics and economics.
Exploring firstly the rationales for the existence of agencies, the book then goes on to examine how agencies are designed in the EU before considering the legal and political challenges they raise, and finally comparing them with international agencies and agencies in an enlarged Europe and the wider world.
Academic researchers in the fields of law, economics and politics will find Regulation through Agencies in the EU of great interest as will EU law practitioners, policymakers and regulators in Europe.
Edited by Damien Geradin, Covington & Burling, George Mason University, US and Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Rodolphe Munoz, EFTA Surveillance Authority and Nicolas Petit, Research Fellow, University of Liege, Belgium
Contents: Part I: Rationales for Setting Up Agencies 1. The Politics of Regulation in the European Union Paul Magnette 2. Regulation of Liberalised Markets: A New Role for the State? (Or How to Induce Competition Among Regulators) Phedon Nicolaides Part II: The Design of Agencies in the EU 3. Independent Regulatory Agencies and Elected Politicians in Europe Mark Thatcher 4. Agencies for European Regulatory Governance: A Regimes Approach Colin Scott 5. Delegation to EU Non-Majoritarian Agencies and Emerging Practices of Public Accountability Deirdre Curtin 6. Independence, Accountability and Transparency of European Regulatory Agencies Ellen Vos Part III: Challenges Raised by Agencies in the EU 7. Good Governance and European Agencies: The Balance Michelle Everson 8. Coordination of European and Member State Regulatory Policy: Horizontal, Vertical and Transversal Aspects Pierre Larouche 9. The Proliferation of National Regulatory Authorities Alongside Competition Authorities: A Source of Jurisdictional Confusion? Nicolas Petit Part IV: Agencies in a Comparative and International Perspective 10. The Development of European Regulatory Agencies: Lessons from the American Experience Damien Geradin 11. Regulation and Globalization: Interactions between International Standard-setting Agencies and the European Union Jan Wouters and Sten Verhoeven Index