The Rise of the Policy-Takers: Universal Service Policy Adoption in Jordan and Morocco

Item Type Journal paper

In the late 1990s, Jordan and Morocco revised their telecommunications regulation drastically. Though these regulations were first largely inspired by the European Union policy models, each country gradually developed more autonomy, individually tailoring their regulatory frameworks overtime. The case of Universal Service Obligation (USO) policies show that while Jordan remained aligned with the European Union, Moroccan policy-makers diverged from the European Union by adopting alternative policies, inspired by the Latin American reverse-auction models. Research focusing on Euro-Mediterranean egulatory contexts commonly expect neighbouring countries to converge with EU regulatory models. Yet, borrowing on policy diffusion literature and specifically the mechanisms of learning and imitation, this article shows that policy-takers intentionally decided on the (non)adoption of USO policies. Thus, research needs to take the role of policy-takers seriously and acknowledge avenues for bidirectional convergence.

Authors Wavre, Veronique
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Digital Media & Policy
Language English
Subjects political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SEPS - Global Democratic Governance
Refereed Yes
Date September 2020
Publisher Intellect
Number fast track
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Depositing User PhD Veronique Wavre
Date Deposited 13 Nov 2020 13:26
Last Modified 16 Dec 2020 07:37


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Wavre, Veronique (2020) The Rise of the Policy-Takers: Universal Service Policy Adoption in Jordan and Morocco. Journal of Digital Media & Policy, (fast track).

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