Corporate Power and Regulation

Consumers and the Environment in the European Union

  • Sandra Eckert

Part of the International Series on Public Policy book series (ISPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Sandra Eckert
    Pages 1-18
  3. Sandra Eckert
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  4. Sandra Eckert
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  5. Sandra Eckert
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  6. Sandra Eckert
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 289-354

About this book


​“A novel, insightful and provocative foray into the abilities, capacities and limits of corporate power on the one hand and public power and capacities on the other hand. Eckert offers new and refine insights on core issues in the theories of public and private interest regulation.”
—David Levi Faur, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

“This impressive book breaks important ground in the regulatory governance literature by bringing in a fresh corporate perspective. Based on a set of fascinating case studies of European regulation, Eckert compellingly unpacks key facets of corporate power. A must-read for regulation scholars who often neglect the targets of regulation!”
—Burkard Eberlein, York University, Canada

“This book offers systematic and empirically fascinating insights into the regulatory power of corporations which unfolds outside the traditional political arenas. Its policy effects have important implications for the target groups of regulation, the general public, and the democratic political process as such. The conceptualization and use of rich empirical sources make for a compelling read.”
—Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute, Italy

This book takes a fresh look at corporate power in the regulatory process. It examines how corporations seek to prevent, shape, make or revoke regulation. The central argument is that in doing so, corporations utilise distinct power resources as experts, innovators and operators. By re-emphasising the proactive role of business, the book complements our acquired knowledge of policymakers’ capacity to put pressure on, or delegate power to private actors. Empirically, the book covers European consumer and environmental policies, and conducts case studies on the chemical, paper, home appliance, ICT and electricity industries. A separate chapter is dedicated to the assumption that Brexit will lead to an unprecedented result of EU regulation being lifted, and how this could put corporate power in regulation at risk. This book provides a new perspective on the policy implications of corporate power to scholars, students and practitioners alike.

Sandra Eckert is Assistant Professor of Politics in the European Multilevel System at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Sandra previously held positions at the Universities of Osnabrück and Berlin, and at the European University Institute in Florence. She has published widely on public policy and regulation with peer-reviewed, international publishers and journals.


industry sectors public pressure corporate discretion corporate power regulation experts innovators operators international political economy the power of knowledge decisive resources protecting consumers policy dynamics European Union self-regulation NGOs service providers transmission system operators Brexit

Authors and affiliations

  • Sandra Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.Goethe Universität Frankfurt Frankfurt am MainGermany

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