Brief book review – Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the Regulatory Delivery Model.

Graham Russell and Christopher Hodges, editors, (2019), Hart Publishing Oxford, 504 pages Good times for regulatory literature! Graham Russel (Chief Executive of the Office for Product Safety and Standards in the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Prof Chris Hodges (University of Oxford) have just published their Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the … Continue reading Brief book review – Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the Regulatory Delivery Model.

Exploring issues about regulation: reflections on the management of regulatory systems

Taking a whole of system approach is a key aspect of successful management of regulatory systems. This article suggests it is not happening as effectively as it might and it is time for a revised approach. The framework for management of regulatory systems in New Zealand The management of regulatory systems in New Zealand happens … Continue reading Exploring issues about regulation: reflections on the management of regulatory systems

Regulatory philosophy, theory and practice: Ka mua, ka muri (transcript of inaugural lecture)

This is the transcript of my inaugural lecture as I have delivered it on 22 October 2019 at the Victoria University of Wellington. The lecture is a summary of a more extensive essay that touches on the same topic. For references to the regulatory literature that I discuss in the lecture, please consult that essay. … Continue reading Regulatory philosophy, theory and practice: Ka mua, ka muri (transcript of inaugural lecture)

How to maintain the social license to regulate? (G-REG conference transcript)

Kia ora, It is a pleasure to be speaking to you again today. As some of you recall, I am now well over a year into my role as Chair of Regulatory Practice at the Victoria University of Wellington. I've spent a better part of that year meeting and having conversations with a lot of … Continue reading How to maintain the social license to regulate? (G-REG conference transcript)

Brief book review – Governing through regulation: Public policy, regulation and the law

Eric Windholz, 2018 (paperback version: 2019), Routledge, Abingdon, 288 pages Dr Eric Windholz’s book Governing through regulation is one of those few books on regulation that you realise is long overdue once you’ve read it. Like Achieving Regulatory Excellence it is, hands down, one of the best new books on regulation that I have read … Continue reading Brief book review – Governing through regulation: Public policy, regulation and the law

Exploring issues about regulation: policy and operations (also known as chalk and cheese)

One of the perennial issues faced by all those involved in regulation is the way ‘policy’ and ‘operations’ work together – or not. Most discussions I am involved in on this topic indicate that there is a significant degree of dysfunction in this relationship. That is the case whether the discussions are with policy or … Continue reading Exploring issues about regulation: policy and operations (also known as chalk and cheese)

Brief book review – Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference

David Halpern (with a foreword by Richard Thaler), 2019, Penguin, London, 413 pages In Inside the Nudge Unit, Dr David Halpern (Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team) gives a detailed insight into the development and performance of the UK Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). The BIT, also known as the Nudge Unit, was established under … Continue reading Brief book review – Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference