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Regulatory Governance

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The ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance brings together a multi-disciplinary range of scholars working on regulation and governance in all parts of the world, its main focus being on the political aspects of regulation. The Group aims to provide a platform and infrastructure for encouraging studies in this area and for mutual interaction and debate. It is open not only to different disciplines but to different theoretical perspectives and to a variety of methodological approaches.

The Standing Group was founded in March 2005 by David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University) and Jacint Jordana (Pompeu Fabra University). The Group’s founding members and those who joined it subsequently believe that the study of regulation and regulatory governance has become an increasingly important topic in the social sciences.

The aim of the Standing Group is to encourage studies in this area and to provide a platform for collaboration, mutual exchange and debate. We bring together scholars from all over the world, working in areas as diverse as economics, law, sociology, criminology, (social) psychology and history, for a fruitful exchange of ideas and knowledge on regulatory governance. However, as a Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the main focus of the Group will be on the political aspects of regulation.

We believe in openness and pluralism and intend to open the group not only to different disciplines, but also to a variety of theoretical perspectives and to multiple methodological approaches.

Regulation and governance have become popular phenomena for social scientists to study and for good reason. Although redistributive, distributive and developmental policies still abound, regulation has become an essential tool in the toolbox of policy makers across the globe and in Europe more specifically. Indeed, only a few projects are more central to the social sciences than the study of regulation and regulatory governance.

Our mission is to open regulatory studies to the turn towards governance and to help create a space in which social scientists – no matter whether they have backgrounds in political science, regulatory economics, law and society scholarship, anthropology, history, geography, sociology, psychology, business and legal studies – may explore the interaction between regulation and governance, both theoretically and empirically.

We believe that regulation will be taken more seriously if we move the boundaries of regulation towards the boundaries of governance. This means, we suspect, that advances in regulatory theory will have an exciting integrative potential for the social sciences overall. Indeed, we believe that regulatory studies have emerged at the cutting edge of paradigmatic change in the social sciences.

The Biennial Conference, supported by the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance and organized by host universities, is the leading interdisciplinary conference on regulation. It attracts scholars from all over the globe and from disciplines such as political science, law, accounting, business, sociology, economics, international relations, anthropology, public administration and other cognate areas of research.

The Early Career Network of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance serves as an international platform for early career researchers specialising in regulatory governance. More information can be found here.