chapter  5
19 Pages

Exploring the co-ordination of economic regulation

ByChristel Koop, Martin Lodge

Second, co-ordination may be affected by the closeness of the relations between the actors and their constituencies. In the context of regulation, this has been referred to as ‘relational distance’ (Black 1976: 40-48). Actors are involved in a number of relations which may pull them in different directions. For instance, close relations between a regulator and the sector it regulates may negatively affect the relations between that regulator and other sectoral regulators and the competition authority. Relational distance influences goal specification as well as views of the adjustment of actions and decisions.