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.

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

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