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Using stakeholders to your advantage : an experiment on the effectiveness of reputation management instruments to gain autonomy
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Regulatory agencies attach great value to their reputation. Especially in terms of technical expertise and performance, they want to be seen favorably by their relevant audiences and strategically communicate with that aim. A positive reputation is argued to build coalitions with key stakeholders, resulting in more autonomy. We, however, lack evidence of whether agencies (can) strategically bolster their autonomy and if so, under which conditions. In this paper, I theorize how stakeholder engagement is employed by regulatory agencies to gain autonomy and employ a survey experiment with officials working for a principal, European Commission officials, to test it. This is a crucial next step in the study of regulatory agencies and their strategic efforts to carve out their spot in the regulatory space. Regulatory autonomy is needed for effective regulation but, if unchecked, enhanced informal autonomy from principals can result in agent drift and regulatory failure.
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English
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ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, April, 2023, Toulouse, France
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2023
UAntwerpen
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Using stakeholders strategically to gain authority over principals in the EU.
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Creation 30.11.2023
Last edited 01.12.2023
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