The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Agencies: Channels of Transfer and Stages of Diffusion

IBEI Working Papers 2009/28

24 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2010

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Jacint Jordana

Universitat Pompeu Fabra; IBEI

David Levi‐Faur

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Political Science Department and The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government & School of Public Policy

Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

ESADE Business School

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

The autonomous regulatory agency has recently become the ‘appropriate model’ of governance across countries and sectors. The dynamics of this process is captured in our data set, which covers the creation of agencies in 48 countries and 16 sectors since the 1920s. Adopting a diffusion approach to explain this broad process of institutional change, we explore the role of countries and sectors as sources of institutional transfer at different stages of the diffusion process. We demonstrate how the restructuring of national bureaucracies unfolds via four different channels of institutional transfer. Our results challenge theoretical approaches that overemphasize the national dimension in global diffusion and are insensitive to the stages of the diffusion process. Further advance in study of diffusion depends, we assert, on the ability to apply both cross-sectoral and cross-national analysis to the same research design and to incorporate channels of transfer with different causal mechanisms for different stages of the diffusion process.

Keywords: Regulation, Diffusion, Regulatory Agencies, Globalization, Bureaucracy, Institutions

Suggested Citation

Jordana, Jacint and Levi-Faur, David and Fernández-i-Marín, Xavier, The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Agencies: Channels of Transfer and Stages of Diffusion (December 1, 2009). IBEI Working Papers 2009/28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1557142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1557142

Jacint Jordana (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.upf.edu

IBEI ( email )

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David Levi-Faur

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Political Science Department and The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government & School of Public Policy ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem
Israel

Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

ESADE Business School ( email )

Spain

HOME PAGE: http://xavier-fim.net

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