The Government of Risk: Understanding Risk Regulation Regimes

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"Why does regulation vary so dramatically from one area to another? Why are some risks regulated aggressively and others responded to only modestly? Is there any logic to the techniques we use in risk regulation? These key questions are explored in The Government of Risk. This book looks at a number of risk regulations regimes, considers the respects in which they differ, and examines how these differences can be explained." Analyzing regulation in terms of regimes allows us to see the rich, multi-dimensional nature of risk regulation. It exposes the thinness of society-wide analyses of risk controls and it offers a perspective that single case studies cannot reach. Regime analysis breaks down the components of risk regulation systems and shows how these interact. It also shows how different parts of the same regime may be shaped by different factors and have to be understood in quite different ways. The Government of Risk shows how such an approach is of high policy relevance as well as of considerable theoretical importance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199270019
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

All Soul's College, University of Oxford

both at London School of Economics

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
I Introducing Risk Regulation Regime
1 What are Risk Regulation Regimes? Why do they Matter? 3
2 The Comparative Anatomy of Risk Regulation Regimes 20
3 Nine Risk Regulation Regimes Compared 36
II Explaining Variation in Risk Regulation Regimes
4 How Far does Context Shape Content in Risk Regulation Regimes? 61
5 Exploring the 'Market Failure' Hypothesis 70
6 Opinion-Responsive Government and Risk Regulation 90
7 Interests, Lobbies, and Experts 112
8 Regime Content and Context Revisited: An Overall Picture 133
III Exploring the Dynamics of Risk Regulation Regimes
9 Regime Development Under Pressure: Staged Retreats and Lateral Mutations? 147
10 The Regime Perspective in Risk Regulation: Implications for Policy and Institutional Design 171
App. A Further Reading on Law and Policy in Nine Risk Regulation Regimes 187
App. B: Coded List of Interviewees 190
App. C: Methodological Notes for Selected Figures and Tables 194
References 200
Index 215
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