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European regulation: Towards an adversarial process

In this chapter we explore the features of political regulation as political decision making transcends national boundaries and is carried out on different interrelated levels and in a multiplicity of arenas (Kohler-Koch 1998, 2000; Majone 2005). The first section deals with the growth of EU regulation against the background of national models of regulation. The second section explains this change with the example of regulatory politics and includes an assessment of three accounts dealing with the problem of legitimacy: Majone’s (1996) fiduciary legitimacy, Joerges’s and Neyer’s (1997) deliberative legitimacy and Gehring’s (2002) two-step legitimacy of consent under the veil of ignorance on the level of politics and consent on the best argument on the level of norm setting.