Regulatory Theory

Regulatory Theory

Foundations and applications

Edited by: Peter Drahos

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This volume introduces readers to regulatory theory. Aimed at practitioners, postgraduate students and those interested in regulation as a cross-cutting theme in the social sciences, Regulatory Theory includes chapters on the social-psychological foundations of regulation as well as theories of regulation such as responsive regulation, smart regulation and nodal governance. It explores the key themes of compliance, legal pluralism, meta-regulation, the rule of law, risk, accountability, globalisation and regulatory capitalism. The environment, crime, health, human rights, investment, migration and tax are among the fields of regulation considered in this ground-breaking book. Each chapter introduces the reader to key concepts and ideas and contains suggestions for further reading. The contributors, who either are or have been connected to the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at The Australian National University, include John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Peter Grabosky, Neil Gunningham, Fiona Haines, Terry Halliday, David Levi-Faur, Christine Parker, Colin Scott and Clifford Shearing.


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Feb 2017
ANU Press
Business & Economics; Law; Social Sciences: Gender Studies, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Australia; Pacific: Cook Islands

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  1. Regulation, institutions and networks (PDF, 0.1MB)Peter Drahos and Martin Krygier doi

Section 1: Social-psychological foundations and methodological issues (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Closing the gap between regulation and the community (PDF, 0.1MB)Valerie Braithwaite doi
  2. Procedural justice and its role in promoting voluntary compliance (PDF, 0.1MB)Kristina Murphy doi
  3. Shame in regulatory settings (PDF, 0.1MB)Nathan Harris doi
  4. Methodological approaches and considerations in regulatory research (PDF, 0.2MB)Ibolya Losoncz doi
  5. Multi-sited fieldwork in regulatory studies (PDF, 0.1MB)Kathryn Henne doi

Section 2: Theories and concepts of regulation (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Types of responsiveness (PDF, 0.1MB)John Braithwaite doi
  2. Smart regulation (PDF, 0.1MB)Neil Gunningham and Darren Sinclair doi
  3. Meta-regulation (PDF, 0.1MB)Peter Grabosky doi
  4. A nodal perspective of governance: Advances in nodal governance thinking (PDF, 0.1MB)Cameron Holley and Clifford Shearing doi
  5. Regulation and risk (PDF, 0.1MB)Fiona Haines doi
  6. Public accountability: Conceptual, historical and epistemic mappings (PDF, 0.1MB)Michael W Dowdle doi
  7. Compliance: 14 questions (PDF, 0.2MB)Christine Parker and Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen doi
  8. Legal pluralism: The regulation of traditional medicine in the Cook Islands (PDF, 0.1MB)Miranda Forsyth doi

Section 3: The state and regulatory transformations (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Regulatory globalisation (PDF, 0.1MB)Peter Drahos doi
  2. The regulatory state and beyond (PDF, 0.2MB)Colin Scott doi
  3. Regulatory capitalism (PDF, 0.1MB)David Levi-Faur doi
  4. Time and temporality in global governance (PDF, 0.1MB)Terence C Halliday doi
  5. International negotiations (PDF, 0.1MB)Christian Downie doi
  6. Transnational non-state regulatory regimes (PDF, 0.1MB)Natasha Tusikov doi

Section 4: Rights-based regulation (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. A regulatory perspective on the international human rights system (PDF, 0.1MB)Hilary Charlesworth doi
  2. Global governance of labour migration: From ‘management’ of migration to an integrated rights-based approach (PDF, 0.1MB)Nicola Piper doi
  3. Regulatory rule of law (PDF, 0.2MB)Veronica L Taylor doi
  4. Regulating sex in peace operations (PDF, 0.1MB)Gabrielle Simm doi
  5. Holding individuals to account beyond the state? Rights, regulation and the resort to international criminal responsibility (PDF, 0.1MB)Michelle Burgis-Kasthala doi

Section 5: Crime and regulation (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Controlling crime through networks (PDF, 0.1MB)Russell Brewer doi
  2. Scaling criminology: From street violence to atrocity crimes (PDF, 0.2MB)Susanne Karstedt doi
  3. Experiments in restorative justice (PDF, 0.1MB)Heather Strang doi
  4. Prevention of transnational environmental crime and regulatory pluralism (PDF, 0.2MB)Julie Ayling doi
  5. Spam and crime (PDF, 0.2MB)Roderic Broadhurst and Mamoun Alazab doi
  6. The governance of cyberspace (PDF, 0.2MB)Lennon YC Chang and Peter Grabosky doi

Section 6: Regulating for health (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Scientific evaluation of law’s effects on public health (PDF, 0.2MB)Scott Burris doi
  2. Governance, regulation and health equity (PDF, 0.1MB)Sharon Friel doi
  3. Patients as regulatory actors in their own health care (PDF, 0.3MB)Judith Healy doi
  4. The regulation of work health and safety (PDF, 0.1MB)Elizabeth Bluff doi

Section 7: The regulation of commerce (PDF, 0.1MB)

  1. Consumer protection: A case of successful regulation (PDF, 0.2MB)John TD Wood doi
  2. Shifting profits and hidden accounts: Regulating tax havens (PDF, 0.2MB)Gregory Rawlings doi
  3. Investor–state dispute settlement (PDF, 0.1MB)Kyla Tienhaara doi
  4. The networked (agency) regulation of competition (PDF, 0.1MB)Imelda Maher doi
  5. Trust, culture and the limits of management-based regulation: Lessons from the mining industry (PDF, 0.1MB)Neil Gunningham and Darren Sinclair doi
  6. Urban sustainability and resilience (PDF, 0.1MB)Jeroen van der Heijden doi
  7. Environmental regulation and governance (PDF, 0.1MB)Cameron Holley doi

Section 8: Regulatory futures

  1. Regulating capitalism’s processes of destruction (PDF, 0.2MB)Peter Drahos doi

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