The Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the ECPR is holding its Second Biennial Conference at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The conference will be held at its international honors University College (www.ucu.uu.nl).
Theme is: ‘(Re)Regulation in the Wake of Neoliberalism’
Consequences of Three Decades of Privatization and Market Liberalization
June 5 to 7, 2008
The Conference deals with liberalization and regulatory reforms of the last three decades and aims to bring together empirical studies of liberalization measures and their causes and consequences. What benefits resulted, for customers, workers, tax payers, or top managers? Were intended consequences realized? But also: at what costs? What unintended and unexpected consequences resulted from neoliberalism?
The focus is in particular on new forms of economic governance. What replaced government regulation through public ownership and public provision of goods and services? What came in the place of statutory state regulation? How are the risks on new or freer markets regulated? Has there been an increased role for regulation by other actors: semi-public regulatory agencies, courts (case law), commercial information providers, private hallmarks, certification and accreditation bodies, self-regulating associations, private corporations such as multinationals or insurance companies, and various public-private partnerships? What are their assets and liabilities? How successful have they been? But also: what new risks have they created? Who checks their power and holds them accountable?
Deadline for Submissions of panels and papers is: February 15 2008
Conference fees are 120 Euros (70 Euros for students and non-OECD-countries)
Pls send abstract of 150 words to conference organizers at: RegGovConf2008@uu.nl
Conference website: http://regulation.upf.edu
Frans van Waarden, Youri Hildebrand & Kutsal Yesilkagit, Utrecht University
Markus Haverland, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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