Between Regulatory Field Structuring and Organizational Roles: Intermediation in the Field of Sustainable Urban Development

Regulation & Governance, Forthcoming

HEC Paris Research Paper No. ACC-2018-1304

42 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2018

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Bothello Joel

ESSEC Business School

Afshin Mehrpouya

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department

Date Written: July 14, 2018

Abstract

Recent contributions in the domains of governance and regulation elucidate the importance of rule-intermediation (RI), the role that organizations adopt to bridge actors playing regulatory or “rule-making” (RM) roles, and those adopting target or “rule-taking” (RT) roles. Intermediation not only enables diffusion and translation of regulatory norms, but also allows for the representation of different actors in policy-making arenas. While prior studies have explored the roles that such RIs adopt to facilitate their intermediation functions, we have yet to consider how field-level structuring processes influence (and are influenced by) the various and changing roles adopted by RIs. In this study, we focus on the mutually constitutive relations between field-level change processes and the evolving roles of RIs by studying the rise of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives/Local Governments for Sustainability), an RI serving as a bridge for sustainable urban development policies between the United Nations and urban authorities. Using ICLEI as an illustrate case, we theorize four different processes of regulatory field consolidation and fragmentation including: problematization, role specialization, marketization and orchestrated decentralization. We discuss their implications for the RI roles in the field and further theorize the changing dynamics of trickle-up intermediation processes as an RI gains power and influence.

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Bothello, J. and Mehrpouya, A. (2018), Between regulatory field structuring and organizational roles: Intermediation in the field of sustainable urban development. Regulation & Governance, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12215. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Keywords: governance,intermediation,rule‐intermediary,sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Joel, Bothello and Mehrpouya, Afshin, Between Regulatory Field Structuring and Organizational Roles: Intermediation in the Field of Sustainable Urban Development (July 14, 2018). Regulation & Governance, Forthcoming; HEC Paris Research Paper No. ACC-2018-1304. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3258299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3258299

Bothello Joel (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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Afshin Mehrpouya

HEC Paris - Accounting and Management Control Department ( email )

Jouy-en-Josas Cedex
France

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