Private consultancies in EU regulatory governance: policy knowledge practice in the case of the liberalisation of rail passenger services

Fabrizio De Francesco, Valérie Pattyn

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Abstract

Private consultancies are considered to play a crucial role in the construction of knowledge of the EU regulatory governance. However, their behavior depends on the extent of control exercised by the Commission. Relying on a principal-agent perspective, this paper proposes two alternative imagines of knowledge production and utilization within the EU impact assessment process.
Relying on three matched analyses of terms of reference, consultancy report, and impact assessment of the liberalization of international passenger service in Europe, this paper aims to shed a light on the actual policy knowledge practice and the broader legitimacy of EU railway policy. The empirical findings will test our expectations of two recurrent modes of consultancy/Commission interaction: high control by Commission leads to a limited pool of highly specialized consultancies; low control allows to extend the pool also to low specialized consultancies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2019
EventInternational Conference on Public Policy - Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 4
http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org//conference/icpp4/10

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Public Policy
Abbreviated titleICPP
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period26/06/1928/06/19
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Keywords

  • EU regulatory governance
  • policy
  • private consultancies

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