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European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 7th Standing Group on Regulatory Governance Bienni

Call for papers and panels: Regulation between Effectiveness and Legitimacy

University of Lausanne, Switzerland 4-6 July 2018

We invite proposals for individual papers and panels for the Seventh Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, to be organized at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from July 4 to 6, 2018.

Panels can be can be submitted as “closed” panels consisting of a set of invited papers, as fully “open” panels, or as combination of invited papers and free slots. Individual paper submissions are also welcome.

All information regarding the conference will be made available on the Standing Group website: ; and on the dedicated conference website: . Please check these websites regularly to keep yourself updated.

Theme and Topics

The 2018 edition of the Standing Group Biennial Conference will focus on “regulation between effectiveness and legitimacy” as an overarching theme. The conference welcomes papers and panels addressing this and other topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Assessment of effectiveness and legitimacy of regulation

  • Reputational issues in regulation

  • Transparency and accountability of regulatory governance

  • Private regulation, co-regulation and self-regulation

  • Regulatory governance at local, sub-national, national, regional, and global levels

  • The role of state and non-state actors and their relations within and across levels

  • Regulatory actors, networks and institutions

  • Regulatory policymaking and the politics of regulation

  • Regulatory enforcement and compliance

  • Sector-specific regulatory regimes, including regulation of network industries

  • Risk regulation

  • Responsive regulation

  • The economics of regulation

  • Law and policy in regulatory governance

  • Regulation and the global South

  • Multi-level regulation: interactions and interdependences

  • Critical approaches to regulatory governance

  • Regulation in historical perspective

  • The sociology of regulators: biographies and trajectories

  • Ethnographic approaches to regulatory practice

  • The regulation of morality and gender issues

Conference highlights include the Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development awarded to a senior scholar who made an outstanding contribution to the field, the Giandomenico Majone Prize for the best conference paper by a junior member of the profession, as well as round tables, keynote lectures, social activities and more. Call for Papers and Panels deadline

The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 15 December 2017. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 31 January 2018. Full papers should be made available by 15 June 2018. Submission of Proposals Abstract proposals should not exceed 300 words, and proposed panels should include 3-4 papers or free slots, plus an (optional) discussant. Paper and panel proposals are to be submitted exclusively through the conference management system via the dedicated conference website: . Fees and Grants Fees for students (including PhD students) are set at 200 CHF (approx. 175 EURO). Fees for regular participants are set at 300 CHF (approx. 265 EURO). Our welcome reception, lunches, coffee breaks, and the gala dinner at the Olympic Museum are included in the conference fee. We expect to have a small number of grants/fee waivers available for applicants from low-income countries.

Further Information Further information regarding the conference will be available on the Standing Group website ( and on the conference website: . In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organizers at the following email address:

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