Measuring the formal independence of regulatory agencies

Hanretty, Chris and Koop, Christel (2012) Measuring the formal independence of regulatory agencies. Journal of European Public Policy, 19 (2). pp. 198-216. ISSN 1466-4429

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        Abstract

        While the literature on delegation has discussed at length the benefits of creating independent regulatory agencies (IRAs), not much attention has been paid to the conceptualization and operationalization of agency independence. In this study, we argue that existing attempts to operationalize the formal political independence of IRAs suffer from a number of conceptual and methodological flaws. To address these, we define what we understand by independence, and in particular formal independence from politics. Using new data gathered from 175 IRAs world- wide, we model formal independence as a latent trait. We find that some items commonly used to measure independence – notably, the method used to appoint agency executives and the scope of the agency’s competences – are unrelated to formal independence. We close by showing that our revised measure partially changes conclusions about the determinants and consequences of formal independence

        Item Type: Article
        Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
        University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Media@uea
        University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Media@uea

        University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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        Depositing User: Chris Hanretty
        Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 09:47
        Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 03:55
        URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/34703
        DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2011.607357

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