Epistemic Communities and Two Goals of Delegation: Hormone Growth Promoters in the European Union

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Epistemic Communities and Two Goals of Delegation: Hormone Growth Promoters in the European Union

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dc.contributor.author Dunlop, Claire A en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-07T11:43:19Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:30Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:31:52Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-01 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The delegation literature tells us that decision-makers delegate power to agents to achieve efficiency or credibility (or both). Critically, however, the successful delivery of each of these implies very different levels of control over their agent by the principal. This paper deploys principal–agent modelling to explore how this logic works with epistemic agents. It explores the implications of two epistemic community’s contrasting de facto independence from European Commission decision-makers for the delegation goals satisfied in formulating policy on hormone growth promoters. Analysis supported the view that to deliver policy efficiency an epistemic community must have low autonomy from the political principal. Policy credibility was achieved when decision-makers selected an epistemic community whose views were socially legitimate. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is based on doctoral research funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council studentship R00429834387. A previous version of the paper was presented at the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance conference at the University of Bath, 7–8 September 2006. The author is grateful to Peter Haas, Andy Hindmoor, Oliver James, Claudio Radaelli and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful suggestions. The usual disclaimer applies. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 37(3) en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.3152/030234210X497681 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/95855 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Beech Tree Publishing en_GB
dc.relation.url http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/politics/staff/dunlop/ en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/beech/spp en_GB
dc.subject principal-agent en_GB
dc.subject epistemic communities en_GB
dc.subject delegation en_GB
dc.subject credibility en_GB
dc.subject hormone growth promoters en_GB
dc.title Epistemic Communities and Two Goals of Delegation: Hormone Growth Promoters in the European Union en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-04-07T11:43:19Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:30Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:31:52Z
dc.identifier.issn 0302-3427 en_GB
dc.description Version reproduced with the permission of the publisher. Copyright © Beech Tree Publishing 2010 en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1471-5430 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Science and Public Policy en_GB


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