Options for and Effectiveness of Internet Self- and Co-Regulation

by Jonathan Cave, Chris Marsden, Steve Simmons

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Information and communication technology (ICT) sectors have always involved regulation, much of which arises outside traditional command-and-control government structures. Traditional regulation aims to fill a 'governance gap' left by market players and other self-interested stakeholders; as markets evolve it is appropriate to consider rebalancing responsibilities. Self- and co-regulation responds to many of the same issues and offers some advantages over traditional arrangements — and some new risks. The evaluation and design (or facilitated evolution) of new regulatory structures further requires new methods of ex post and ex ante assessment. This paper places these developments in the European policy context, considers existing varieties of arrangements, analyses the conditions for their success and failure, and derives impact assessment guidelines that take self- and co-regulation into account.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Background, Context and Purpose

  • Chapter Two

    Assessment Framework and Description of the Evidence Base

  • Chapter Three

    Case Study Results: Describing Existing XROs

  • Chapter Four

    Analysing Existing and Proposed Arrangements

  • Chapter Five

    Policy Alternatives and Impact Assessment Strategies

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix 1

    Expert Interviewees for the Study

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