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Private Participation in the Control of Public Spending - The Multi-Level Subsidy Regimes

Herwig Hofmann IIIS Discussion Paper No. 12


This paper presents a brief outline of conditions and possibilities for the involvement of private actors in the multi-level system of subsidies regulation. Although the mechanisms for control and coordination differ on each regulatory level - the international, supranational, national and sub-national - all levels use private involvement to solve steering problems common in the control of subsidies. The paper takes the view that granting private parties substantial and procedural rights in the procedure is beneficial to the public for reasons of steering and control of subsidies. On the basis of an intra-level comparison, the paper points out administrative structures and procedural provisions, which enable private parties to have a meaningful involvement in the regulation of subsidies.

Key words: Law, EC, WTO, Subsidies, State Aid, Governance, Private Parties.

Last updated 28 August 2014 by IIIS (Email).