The status of sectoral regulatory authorities changes from one sector and from one country to another but they face common challenges: the ongoing redefinition of competition boundaries due to technical and marketing innovations; developments in the notion of the public interest (universal service, network neutrality); the ever-increasing complexity of relations between stakeholders resulting from the “de-integration” of industries; the growing integration of markets at an international level, etc.
In particular, the work of the Chair focuses on the:
- Political economy of governance
The Chair aims to work on key questions on the political economy and institutional organisation of regulation and better understand the dynamics, procedures and performance of regulation.
Logic & performance of legal systems
Social and environmental performance
- Institutional organisation of regulation
The Chair focuses on the technical, organisational and institutional challenges faced by the different players concerned by regulation. Both the topics addressed and the approach adopted, which combines conceptual and operational thinking, provide assurance that the Chair’s research relates to their specific problems, while maintaining a relevant and original vision.
Regulators’ mission & status
Independence of the regulators
Political, legal & economic logic
- Regulators’ organisation and modus operandi
The aim is to study the way regulators organize their activities, develop an expertise, and gain in legitimacy and effectiveness.
Cooperation between regulatory authorities
Regulators’ organization & tools
Regulators & stakeholders
- Regulatory tools
Regulation is put into practice by means of legal tools, rules for economic calculation, and procedures which are managed in practical terms by regulatory authorities and which structure the interaction between these authorities and stakeholders. The Chair’s work is concerned with the efficacy and effectiveness, as well as the impact and risks of these tools.
Regulators’ tools & procedures
Cost of capital
- Firms’ non-market strategies
Deepening our understanding of the scope of public intervention on the markets, the logic of political or administrative action, geostrategic games in the construction of transnational markets as well as social and ethical demands allows us to distinguish the fields in which non-market strategies are deployed and to take stock of the constraints in this regard. It is the key to a more subtle analysis of the range, costs and limits of the different levers available to companies; influencing strategies, voluntary initiatives, partnerships with the other stakeholders, innovation, etc. The Chair is working on a research project regarding non-market strategies. Learn more
- Data and methods
The Chair aims to contribute to the development of a body of data (surveys, usage and cross-referencing of databases, data extraction, etc.), as well as of protocols in order to develop a systematic analysis of institutional mechanisms and decision-making processes in different countries. Learn more
A cross-sectoral approach
Using a cross-sectoral approach and thanks to its wide range of partners, the Chair extends its activities to the analysis of several sectors, including:
- Electronic communication & Postal service
- Online gambling
- Banking & finance
- Urban services