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News: Un-solvable crises? Differential implementation and transboundary crisis management in the EU

Much has been said about how crises in the EU create disintegration or differentiation pressures. Considerable attention has been paid to EU crisis governance mechanisms. Yet, less attention has been paid to the anticipation of effects of differentiated implementation on transboundary crisis management regimes. This article asks how differential policy integration accommodates the anticipation of differential implementation through institutional choices in transboundary crisis management regimes. Concerns about the consequences of national customisation influence the way in which transboundary crisis management regimes develop in terms of allocation of authority and constraints on member state discretion. The paper compares EU transboundary crisis regimes in four sectors: banking, electricity, youth unemployment, and invasive alien species. Concerns with ongoing differential implementation of transboundary crisis management generate further inevitable tensions in governance systems, leading to continued contestation over institutional arrangements.

November 2023

Read the full article here.


Event: Crisis Management from a Relational Perspective: an Analysis of Interorganizational Transboundary Crisis Networks.

Carlos Bravo-Laguna, Hebrew University of Jerusalem | HUJI · Federmann School of Public Policy and Government

7th December 2023, 12-2pm, MAR 3.20

Abstract: Although transboundary crises are becoming more frequent in an increasingly interdependent world, our understanding of the relational dynamics governing these under-researched phenomena remains limited. This paper addresses this knowledge gap by exploring whether interorganizational transboundary crisis networks have common characteristics and identifying drivers of tie formation in successful structures of this kind. For this purpose, it applies descriptive Social Network Analysis and Exponential Random Graph Models to an original dataset of three interorganizational transboundary crisis networks. Results show that these structures combine elements of issue networks and policy communities. Common features include moderate centralization, a core-periphery structure, and the popularity of international organizations. Additionally, successful networks display smooth communication between NGOs and international organizations, whereas unsuccessful networks have fewer heterophilous interactions. In contrast, preferential attachment could not be linked with successful crisis networks. These findings show how evidence from relational studies could guide future research on transboundary crises.


Event: CARR Seminar 17 October 2023, 12:30-14:00

Kira Matus, HKUST

“Chemophobic or just chemo-ambivalent?  Linking the public’s risk perception and regulatory policy change”

MAR 3.20


Event: CARR – Sociology Research Seminar 18 October, 14:00-15:30

Paula Jarzabkowski

“Disaster Insurance Reimagined: Protection in a Time of Increasing Risk”

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Event – Sir David Omand Book Launch 25 October 2023 17:00-18:30

How to Survive a Crisis: Lessons in Resilience and Avoiding Disaster

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Regulation Roundtable 26 October 2023 12:00-15:00

Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

Alumni Theatre


Event: CARR Future of Valuation Studies Workshop 30-31 October 2023

30 October 12:00-18:00

31 October 09:00-16:00

Vera Anstey Room


Event: CARR Vulnerability in Regulation Workshop

Thursday 21st September 2023, 14:30-18:00

LSE, MAR 1.09

More information here


Event: ORG workshop “Organizing risk and managing supply chains”

The Organizing Risk Group (ORG) invites you to hear from a multidisciplinary expert panel who will discuss a range of contemporary risks to effective supply chain management, the ways in which different risks can be organized, and the consequences for organizations, supply chains and wider inter-organizational networks.

Date: 19 April 2023 

Time: 9:00-10:00am (CEST)

Venue: Webinar, please register here


Event: Spectrum Auctions: designing markets to benefit the public, industry and the economy

March 2023

More details here

Recording available here


Event: AOI and CARR Seminar

Speaker: David Pinzur (LSE Department of Sociology)

March 2023


News: The Case for Smart Muddling Through

The way to a new intelligent administration does not lie in fundamental and comprehensive reforms of administration, but in gradually “muddling through”, write Kai Wegrich from the Hertie School Berlin and Martin Lodge from the London School of Economics. This includes the continuous adjustment of measures and trial-and-error processes.

January 2023

Read the full article here.


Event: The politics of experimental policymaking

Speaker: Kai Wegrich, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, Dean of Research and Faculty, Hertie School, Berlin

October 2022

We are living during a second boom of policy experiments. Similar to the first wave of the 1970s, the expectation is that testing policies and regulations in a limited setting will provide the evidence base for choosing policy designs and scaling-up policies that have demonstrated their efficacy in an experimental setting.


Publication: "Introductory study to the political-administrative foundations of regulation"

Mauricio Dussauge (CIDE) and Martin Lodge (2022) "Introductory study to the political-administrative foundations of regulation", CIDE, February 2022 - Click Here


Publication: How can the concept of public value influence UK network utility regulation?

DP 88 - Martin Cave, Janet Wright - January 2021 - ISSN 2049 2718 - Full Paper


There is much recent debate about extending the purposes of investor-owned firms to embrace the wider interests of a variety of stakeholders. Network regulatory decisions already involve extensive use of centralized social cost-benefit analysis to capture some aspects of public value. A gap remains which might be filled by a decentralized process, in which firms are supported by their regulator to expand their purposes to include the pursuit of public value, identified by regulated firms in collaboration with consumers and citizens, and delivered in innovative and entrepreneurial ways.


Event: Comity: Multilaterism in the New Cold War

Speaker: Frank Vibert (LSE)

Discussant: Nick Sitter (Central European University)

November 2021

To mark the launch of his new book, Frank Vibert explores the implications of the critical new juncture where globalisation is in retreat and global norms of behaviour are not converging.


News: Putting ‘off-balance-sheet fiscal agencies’ under the control of the European Parliament could help democratise Eurozone governance

November 2020

Many congratulations to Andrei Guter-Sandu from CARR who co-authored the above article. He, together with his co-author Steffen Murau, were recently awarded a prize for this research as part of the Hertie Foundation’s essay competition on capitalism and democracy. A German version of this article has been published in the business weekly WirtschaftsWoche (see link at end of the blog article).


Event: Transboundary Crisis Management in Europe in Wake of COVID 19

May 2020

What are the emerging lessons for political crisis leadership? What can we say about the resilience of liberal democratic political systems? And what lessons can be drawn for multi-level crisis management? Watch Here


Publication: The role of administrative capacity in complementing performance measurement systems.

DP 87 - Jacob Reilley, Nathalie Iloga Balep, Christian Huber - March 2020 - ISSN 2049 2718 - Full Paper


With the rise of New Public Management, regulators have increasingly turned to quantitative systems of performance measurement for assessing and monitoring public organizations. At the same time, there has been a swelling focus on service users as judges of organizational performance. As many have observed, regulatory initiatives which emphasize performance measurement and user-orientation are enacted quite differently across different countries, public sector contexts, and individual organizations. One reason for this variation is public organizations’ varying and sometimes inadequate capacities for compiling performance information and implementing new management practices.