Brief book review – The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better Or Worse

Benjamin van Rooij and Adam Fine, 2021, Yale University Press, 384 pages Don’t think that The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better Or Worse is yet another popular science book that simply rides on the wave caused by Nudge. It is not. Or actually, it is, but not in the way … Continue reading Brief book review – The Behavioral Code: The Hidden Ways the Law Makes Us Better Or Worse

Brief book review – Nudge: The Final Edition

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, 2021, Yale University Press, 384 pages There will be few regulators who have not heard of the groundbreaking book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, published in 2008 by Professors Richard Thaler (University of Chicago) and Cass Sunstein (Harvard University). The authors have joined forces once more in … Continue reading Brief book review – Nudge: The Final Edition

Brief book review – Cambridge Handbook of Compliance

Benjamin van Rooij and Daniel Sokol (Eds), (2021), Cambridge University Press, 1,019 pages What do we know and what don’t we know about compliance (and non-compliance)? Those questions sum up the 69 chapters of the recent Cambridge Handbook of Compliance. The book is edited by Professor Benjamin van Rooij (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Daniel … Continue reading Brief book review – Cambridge Handbook of Compliance

Brief book review – Algorithmic Regulation

Karen Yeung and Martin Lodge (Eds), (2019), Oxford University Press, 271 pages The book Algorithmic Regulation is a collection of 11 very accessible essays on the role of algorithms and big data on regulatory governance. The book is edited by Professor Karen Yeung (Birmingham Law School), one of the leading scholars in regulation and technology, … Continue reading Brief book review – Algorithmic Regulation

Politically contentious issues in regulation

How much politics goes into the development, implementation, evaluation, and reform of regulation? Over the last few weeks, I have begun writing a short series of blog posts that map how scholars of public administration in general and regulatory scholars in particular have theorized the politics of regulation. In this final blog post in this … Continue reading Politically contentious issues in regulation

The politics of regulation: Four dominant perspectives

How much politics goes into the development, implementation, evaluation, and reform of regulation? Over the next few weeks, I will write a short series of blog posts that map how scholars of public administration in general and regulatory scholars in particular have theorized the politics of regulation. In this blog post, I will look at … Continue reading The politics of regulation: Four dominant perspectives

The Politics of Regulation: Mapping a Half-Century of Debates (1970-2020)

How much politics goes into the development, implementation, evaluation, and reform of regulation? This question has been at the forefront of regulatory scholarship for over five decades [1-4]. Aim of this series Over the next few weeks, I will write a short series of blog posts that map how scholars of public administration in general … Continue reading The Politics of Regulation: Mapping a Half-Century of Debates (1970-2020)

Brief book review – Fundamentals of Regulatory Design

Malcolm Sparrow (2020), Self-published, 139 pages Locked-down by the global pandemic and unable to deliver his regulatory training around the world, Professor Malcolm Sparrow (Harvard University) decided to put the core content of his training programs on paper. In Fundamentals of Regulatory Design, he guides us through some of the main themes that he usually … Continue reading Brief book review – Fundamentals of Regulatory Design

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

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