Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on intervention choices)

In November 2019, Professor Jeroen van der Heijden reviewed briefly the book Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the Regulatory Delivery Model, Graham Russell and Christopher Hodges, editors, (2019), Hart Publishing Oxford, 504 pages. This article is the fifth of a series of brief reviews of chapters from that book. The chapter reviews outline the key themes of … Continue reading Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on intervention choices)

Brief book review – The Governor’s Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents

Kenneth W.  Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal, and Bernhard Zangl (Eds), (2020), Oxford University Press, 301 pages While not directly targeted at regulators, The Governor’s Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents is of interest to an audience of regulatory practitioners, managers, and scholars. The book, edited by Professor Kenneth Abbott (Arizona State University) and … Continue reading Brief book review – The Governor’s Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents

Responsive Regulation (5): Ethical and epistemic challenges

To conclude this review of the literature on responsive regulation, I will zoom in on ethical and epistemic challenges. In other words, is it proper for governments to base their regulatory responses on the actions of their targets? Is this not violating the assumption that like-cases should be treated alike? To what extent (and how) … Continue reading Responsive Regulation (5): Ethical and epistemic challenges

Responsive regulation (4): Evidence and findings

We now have a good understanding of the breadth and depth of responsive regulation. We have seen that the theory provides a broad set of heuristics and hands-on strategies to improve regulatory practice—and that it is about much more than the famous regulatory pyramid. We have also seen that responsive regulation is applied in a … Continue reading Responsive regulation (4): Evidence and findings

Responsive regulation (3): Examples

In the previous blog post on the evolution and success of the ideas underpinning Responsive Regulation, I have summed up responsive regulation as a set of heuristics and a set of strategies. Perhaps the best-known heuristic is the notion of escalation from less-intrusive to more-intrusive regulatory responses if non-compliance is found. Likewise, maybe the most … Continue reading Responsive regulation (3): Examples

Responsive regulation (2): Evolution and success

It is not easy to capture the essence of responsive regulation[i]: “Responsive regulation is not a clearly defined program or a set of prescriptions concerning the best way to regulate. (…) Responsiveness is rather an attitude that enables the blossoming of a wide variety of regulatory approaches [none of which are the] optimal or best … Continue reading Responsive regulation (2): Evolution and success

Responsive regulation (1): A review of the international academic literature

Previously, we have explored how insights from the behavioural sciences, insights from studies on risk, and ideas on systems thinking can help the development and practice of regulatory governance. Over the next weeks, we will look at one of the significant regulatory theories that have dominated discussions on good regulation since the 1990s: responsive regulation. … Continue reading Responsive regulation (1): A review of the international academic literature

Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on risk-based prioritisation)

In November 2019, Professor Jeroen van der Heijden reviewed briefly the book Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the Regulatory Delivery Model, Graham Russell and Christopher Hodges, editors, (2019), Hart Publishing Oxford, 504 pages. This article is the fourth of a series of brief reviews of chapters from that book. The chapter reviews outline the key themes of … Continue reading Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on risk-based prioritisation)

Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on outcome measurement)

In November 2019, Professor Jeroen van der Heijden reviewed briefly the book Regulatory Delivery: Introducing the Regulatory Delivery Model, Graham Russell and Christopher Hodges, editors, (2019), Hart Publishing Oxford, 504 pages. This article is the third of a series of brief chapter reviews from that book. The chapter reviews will outline the key themes of … Continue reading Exploring issues about regulation – chapter review of the book Regulatory Delivery (on outcome measurement)

Brief book review – Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation

Edward J. Balleisen and David A. Moss (Eds), (paperback version: 2012), Cambridge University Press, 559 pages Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation, edited by Professors Edward Balleisen (Duke University) and David Moss (Harvard Business School), brings together 16 essays on market regulation and the economics of regulation by leading regulatory scholars. The … Continue reading Brief book review – Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation