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Faculty of Law (Faculteitskamer - A1.01). Title: "Evaluating Co-Regulation as Governance (not Government) Efforts".

Event details of ACLE Compliance and Enforcement Seminar: Haiko van der Voort (TU Delft)
Date 11 February 2013
Time 11:45 -13:15
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room Faculty of Law - Faculteitskamer A1.01

Introduction to the seminar

Public regulators and inspectorates are facing budget cuts. At the same time expectations for regulation and oversight remain high. In The Netherlands, media and politicians favor the phrase ‘failing oversight’ as the ultimate cause for the incident. In this context public regulators and inspectorates find self-regulatory initiatives- such as certification initiatives - promising. Good self-regulation by industries provide opportunities to distinguish the good and the bad efficiently. 

All kinds of hybrid regulatory arrangements emerge. The public and the private meet each other for regulation in ‘regulatory networks’ (Richardson, 2008). In such arrangements typical regulation and oversight activities, such as standard setting, information gathering and sanctioning become subjects of coordination between public and private actors. I call such coordination efforts ‘co-regulation’. The efforts become tangible in the form of agreements and covenants. A collaborative regime emerges. 

As suggested, hybrid regulation and oversight are typically network efforts. There is hardly a hierarchical relation between the public and private partners involved. Main question in this paper is how co-regulation and oversight initiatives should be analyzed and assessed as governance, thus respecting its network characteristics.  

In contrast to most standard literature, this article has been written from a neutral (governance) perspective. It therefore does not examine whether co-regulation is effective for individual parties – such as public regulators - but rather how co-regulation develops when it happens. Based on the findings from three Dutch case studies – the quality of eggs, the safety of travel by coach and the reliability of employment agencies – I draw up an assessment framework for co-regulation.

(* Note: This seminar presentation will not specifically be based on the paper available for download here. The paper is meant to give an idea  of this speaker’s used cases and work methodology.)

About the speaker

Haiko van der Voort (MA) is a researcher at the department of Policy, Organization, Law and Gaming, Faculty Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. He studied public administration in Leiden. His teaching and his consultancy focuses on governance, decision making in a multi-actor context and organization theory, applied to various domains, such as public transport, quality systems in the food industry, and ICT. He is finishing his PhD on the governance between public inspectorates and self-regulating industries. The result of his PhD- research is an assessment framework for these governance efforts. He is now spreading the word in governance networks such as ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), IRSPM (International Research Society for Public Management), NIG (Netherlands Institute of Government), and Vide (the Dutch network for inspectorates and regulators).


Room Faculty of Law - Faculteitskamer A1.01

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam