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Leveling the Playing FieldTransnational Regulatory Integration and Development$
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Laszlo Bruszt and Gerald A. McDermott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703143.001.0001

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Regional Integration and Transnational Regulatory Regimes

Regional Integration and Transnational Regulatory Regimes

The Polycentric Architecture of Governance in Latin American Telecommunications

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(p.271) 11 Regional Integration and Transnational Regulatory Regimes
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Leveling the Playing Field
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Jacint Jordana

David Levi-Faur

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703143.003.0011

The literature on transnationalism suggests that transnational regulatory spaces are becoming increasingly important at the regional level and that in these domains networks represent an important new mode of governance. This chapter examines these assumptions by way of exploring the institutionalization and architecture of the Latin American regional telecoms regulatory space. We assess how and to what extent regional transnational networks are enhancing the sector’s regulatory governance. Our findings suggest that transnational networks in telecommunications configure a regulatory community in Latin America, but have many limitations in promoting regional governance. These limitations reveal the traditional institutional weaknesses of the region, but they are also aggravated by the composition and purposes of the entities within and outside the region that support and nurture these networks. Nonetheless, transnational networks facilitate exchange of information and policy experiences within the countries in the region.

Keywords:   Transnational networks, telecommunications, regional governance, regulatory agencies, regional public goods

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