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Exploring the formal and informal roles of regulatory intermediaries in transnational multi-stakeholder regulation

Brès, L., Mena, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0364-2386 and Salles-Djelic, M-L. (2019). Exploring the formal and informal roles of regulatory intermediaries in transnational multi-stakeholder regulation. Regulation and Governance, 13(2), pp. 127-140. doi: 10.1111/rego.12249

Abstract

Research on regulation and regulatory processes has traditionally focused on two prominent roles: rule -making and rule -taking. Recently, the mediating role of third party actors, intermediaries, has started to be explored – notably by Abbott and colleagues in a dedicated special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The present special issue extends this line of research by elaborating the distinction between formal and informal modes of regulatory intermediation, in the specific context of transnational multi- stakeholder regulat ion. In this introduction, we identify two key dimensions of inte rmediation (in)formalism: officialization and formalization. This allows us to develop a typology of intermediation in multi-stakeholder regulatory processes: formal, interpretive, alternative and emergent. Leveraging examples from the papers for this special issue, we discuss how these four types of intermediation co-exist and evolve over time. Finally, we elaborate on the implications of our typology for regulatory processes and outcomes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Brès, L., Mena, S. and Salles-Djelic, M-L. (2019). Exploring the formal and informal roles of regulatory intermediaries in transnational multi-stakeholder regulation. Regulation and Governance, which is published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12249. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: Informalism, intermediation, multi-stakeholder regulation, regulatory intermediary, transnational governance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21614
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