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

Brief book review – Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate.

Ian Ayres and John Braithwaite, (1992), Oxford University Press, 205 pages Published in 1992, Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate has become a central work in the canon of regulatory scholarship. The book is a collaboration by Professors Ian Ayres (Yale University) and John Braithwaite (Australian National University) and builds on Braithwaite’s earlier studies on … Continue reading Brief book review – Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate.

Systems thinking and regulatory governance: Now available as open access paper

Adopting a systemic perspective appears to offer a useful way think about regulatory challenges and problems. This may explain the increasing call for 'systems thinking' in regulatory reform. Systems thinking, systems science and systems theory are a broad class of theoretical and practical tools that aim to map, explore and interrogate the behaviour and outcomes … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance: Now available as open access paper

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (6): Suggestions for further reading

Serving the growth of interest in systems thinking in public policy, scholars from various fields have started to publish ‘popular science’ books and relatively ‘easy to read’ academic books. Many of these provide superb introductions to the various strains of systems thinking discussed in this research paper. The following foundational and applied books (in no … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (6): Suggestions for further reading

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (5): Epistemic and ethical challenges

We have reached the end of this series of blog posts on systems thinking and its application in regulatory governance scholarship. If you are tuning in just now, then I strongly recommend reading the earlier posts first: a broad introduction to the series, an exploration of the history of systems thinking, examples of systems thinking … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (5): Epistemic and ethical challenges

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (4): Evidence and findings

We now have a good understanding of the breadth and depth of systems thinking and its possible role in regulatory governance and practice. We have also seen some examples of how systems thinking has inspired scholars in studying regulatory governance and practice. It is now time to gain some understanding of the evidence and findings … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (4): Evidence and findings

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (3): Examples of systems thinking in regulatory scholarship

In the previous blog post, we have looked at how systems thinking may help to develop more effective and just regulatory governance and practice. We found that various trajectories of systems thinking exist and that they can be used side by side in regulatory reform. In this blog post, we will look at some examples … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (3): Examples of systems thinking in regulatory scholarship

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (2): The evolution of systems thinking

Capturing the evolution of systems thinking and systems science is all but easy. Conventional scientific methods for unpacking and understanding historical developments often fall short of capturing the non-linearity, emergence, different worldviews, and role of feedback that have affected the different trajectories of systems thinking over the last hundred years, or so. In this blog … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (2): The evolution of systems thinking

Systems thinking and regulatory governance (1): A review of the international academic literature

Regulatory system. It seems such a benign term that it hardly warrants attention. Or does it? The term was used over 1,300 times in New Zealand newspapers since the year 2000.[1] Among the more expressive uses are the following headlines: “Commission slams regulatory system” (Waikato Times, 14 March 2014)“Report a damning indictment of regulatory system” … Continue reading Systems thinking and regulatory governance (1): A review of the international academic literature

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.