David J. Aubin

Universite Catholique de Louvain
Institut de Sciences Politiques Louvain-Europe

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David Aubin has a degree from Institut d’études politiques of Lyons (1996), a master in European Politcs (Université libre de Bruxelles, 1998), and a PhD in political science (Université catholique de Louvain, 2005). He is currently professor of political science at UCL where he teaches policy analysis and evaluation. He is also involved in the training of Walloon civil servants at Ecole d’administration publique commune. Embedded in Belgian and European collaborative research projects, his research activities concern policy work, the comparative analysis of environmental policies, and regulatory policies, including the multi-level regulation of network industries, notably telecoms.

Brans, Marleen, and David Aubin (eds) (2017). Policy Analysis in Belgium. Bristol: Policy Press.
Abstract: This unique book presents the first systematic overview of policy analysis activities in Belgium. Contributors from both sides of the Dutch-French language border (from research institutes in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia) use original empirical data, through surveys and interviews with key players both within and outside government, to provide a comprehensive study of policy analysis in a multi-level polity. By the very nature of the Belgian experience, the volume is comparative, drawing conclusions on divergence and convergence of policy analysis, making it an important resource for both national and international scholars.
URL: https://policypress.co.uk/policy-analysis-in-belgium
Varone, Frédéric, Stéphane Nahrath, David Aubin and Jean-David Gerber. (2013). "Functional Regulatory Spaces." Policy Sciences, 46(4): 311-33.
Abstract: This article develops the concept of “Functional Regulatory Space” (FRS) in order to analyze the new forms of State action addressing (super) wicked problems. A FRS simultaneously spans several policy sectors, institutional territories and levels of government. It suggests integrating previous policy theories that focused on “boundary-spanning regime,” “territorial institutionalism” or multi-level governance. The FRS concept is envisaged as a Weberian “ideal-type” of State action and is applied to the empirical study of two European cases of potential FRS: the integrated management of water basins and the regulation of the European sky through functional airspace blocks. It will be concluded that the current airspace regulation does match the ideal-type of FRS any better than the water resource regulation does. The next research step consists in analyzing the genesis and institutionalization of potential FRS addressing other (super) wicked problems such as climate change and economic, security, health and immigration issues in different institutional contexts as well as at various levels of governance.
DOI: 10.1007/s11077-013-9174-1
Aubin, David. (2008). "Asserted Rights. Rule Activation Strategies in Rivalries between Water Users in Belgium and Switzerland." Journal of Public Policy, 28(2): 207-227.
Abstract: Private arrangements are framed by a set of institutional rules, either public policies or property rights that actors activate in order to defend their positions. This is particularly visible in the field of the environment where human pressure is increasing scarcity and generating rivalries between competing users. How do rules intervene in the resolution of rivalries? I suggest that users activate rules to assert their rights against their rivals and find out a solution to the rivalry. Three hypotheses follow: the owner uses his property rights; the non-owner activates a public policy that acknowledges him as the final beneficiary; and the owner activates a public policy if he cannot exclude the rival from his property. The empirical test, carried out on four cases of local water rivalries in Belgium and Switzerland, validates these hypotheses and shows that public policies are more frequently activated than is initially expected.
DOI: 10.1017/S0143814X0800086X
Aubin, David, and Koen Verhoest (eds). (2013). Multilevel Regulation in Telecommunications : Adaptive Regulatory Arrangements in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, p. 283.
Abstract: Through a comparison of the telecommunications sector in four small European countries, this study assesses the coordination between regulatory authorities at European, national and regional levels, within and between sectors offering a new and more holistic perspective of multi-level regulation in network industries. Rather than focusing exclusively on features of the individual sectoral regulatory agency, this book considers all the regulatory actors at different government levels involved in the regulatory arrangement of a specific market and their interplay. In particular, it assesses the design and functioning of these multi-level regulatory arrangements in terms of decision-making coordination and exemplifies how national telecoms regulatory agencies share and coordinate regulatory decisions with other regulatory authorities at EU, national and regional levels, within the sector and across sectors (media, general competition), in order to provide coherent regulation of telecoms markets. Combining theories of regulatory governance and public administration, the book analyses how specialization and coordination within these regulatory arrangements influence the relative decision-making power and autonomy of the sectoral regulatory agency, as well as how these arrangements adapt to overcome regulatory incoherencies.
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/multilevel-regulation-in-the-telecommunications-sector-david-aubin/?K=9781137004918
Aubin, David. 2007. L'eau en Partage: L'Activation des Regles dans les Rivalities d'usages en Belgique et en Suisse. Brussels: Peter Lang.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY