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Withering in the heat?: in search of the regulatory state in the Commonwealth Caribbean

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This article explores the "regulatory state hypothesis" in the context of electricity and telecommunications regulation in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. This article questions whether institutional features associated with the regulatory state are triggered by a preference for efficiency and added complexity within the policy domain. This article progresses in three steps. After setting out the regulatory state hypothesis as derived from the work by Giandomenico Majone and its empirical consequences, the article explores the four cases in brief. Although the empirical evidence broadly supports the regulatory state hypothesis across domains, states and over time, some puzzles in terms of reform trajectories and extent of regulatory reform do emerge. The final section explores these puzzles through an actor-centered institutional perspective. It is suggested that the "regulatory state hypothesis" may be useful for predicting institutional arrangements, but has difficulty in accounting for the extent of regulatory reform and timing.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24064/

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