2016 Biennial Conference


Sixth Biennial Conference, ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance


Tilburg University, July 6 to 8, 2016


The Standing Group on Regulatory Governance of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) will hold its Sixth Biennial Conference, organized by Tilburg University, the Netherlands, from Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July 2016.



Leading Interdisciplinary Conference


The Biennial Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on regulation and regulatory governance held in Europe, attracting researchers from all over the globe working in a wide range of disciplines including political science, law, accounting, business, sociology, economics, international relations, anthropology, public administration, and other related disciplines.



Conference Highlights


Prof. Julia Black has been elected winner of the Standing Group Award for Regulatory Studies Development for recognizing contributions to the field of regulatory governance by senior scholars. She succeeds 2014 winner David Levi-Faur. Prof. Black will accept the Award and give a speech afterwards at a ceremony which is scheduled during the conference dinner on Thursday 7 July. The winner of the Giandomenico Majone Prize for the best conference paper by a junior member of the profession will be announced at the dinner as well. Other conference highlights include a keynote lecture by specialist in US-China law and regulation Benjamin van Rooij, multiple round tables and panels, a solid attendance of junior researchers and established names alike, and a welcome reception at the premises of the sole Trappist abbey in the Netherlands, La Trappe.



Papers and Panel Topics


Paper or panel submissions are no longer possible. The academic committee of the conference has accepted or co-created more than 80 sessions, each accommodating about four papers. They draw on a wide range of topics including


  • Regulatory actors, networks and institutions
  • Regulatory policy making and politics
  • Regulatory enforcement and compliance
  • Sector-specific regulation, including regulation of network industries
  • Legitimacy, effectiveness, accountability, responsiveness, transparency and innovation of regulation and regulatory governance
  • Regulatory governance in local, regional, national, transnational and global perspectives
  • Risk regulation
  • Collaborative regulatory governance, co-regulation, and self-regulation
  • Regulation of novel and emerging technologies
  • Data-based regulation and regulatory governance
  • Evaluating and monitoring regulatory governance



We are still looking for participants that would like to chair a session. Please consult the preliminary program, browse for sessions with TBD chairs that are within your domain of expertise, and forward your suggestion to Reggov2016@tilburguniversity.edu.  

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