UCL Centre for Law & Economics
Regulation & Public Policy - Ioannis
The main objective of the Regulation & Public Policy section of the
Centre for Law & Economics is to critically examine the transformation
of State action in Europe and worldwide with the emergence of new regulatory
techniques and of a new conception of the role of the State. An important
feature of these new tools of regulatory action is that they make use
of governance techniques that either rely on the marketplace (the market)
in order to frame or implement public policy or that they employ sophisticated
economic analysis (e.g. behavioural law and economics, game theory) in
designing regulatory regimes that take into account the possibility of
market imperfections and bounded rationality.
The work of the Centre in this area will concentrate on the following
- The Role of
Market Organization in Public Governance.
- The Impact of Behavioural Economics and Game Theory in the Design of
State Action: The Challege of 'Better Regulation'.
Other areas of interest include:
- Competition policy and in Utilities: the emergence of an European framework
and national experiences;
- Competition policy in a global context;
- The regulation of innovation
and the interaction between intellectual property and competition policy
in selected economic sectors;
- The transformation of national bureaucracies
and the emergence of European regulators and agencies;
- New methods to ensure
accountability and transparency in public decision-making;
anaysis and impact assessment as a regulatory tool;
- Economic analysis and
expertise in administrative courts;
- Cooperation and mutual assistance between
national regulators in Europe: trust building tools and networks.
The Centre organises public lectures and conferences/symposia on issues
related to the research programme. The Centre also co-organises the Howrey-UCL
Competition Law and IP Rights Speaker Series.