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Making better regulation, making regulation better?

Tombs, Steve (2016). Making better regulation, making regulation better? Policy Studies, 37(4) pp. 332–349.

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Better Regulation is a re-regulatory strategy that has unfolded in Britain (and, of course, beyond, through Europe and the OECD) across the past decade. This article beings by setting out some quantitative indicators of trends in national and local enforcement in three key areas of protective regulation – food hygiene and food safety, workers’ health and safety, and pollution control – from 2003/4 to 2012/13. It then goes on, in its main sections, to detail some of the ways Better Regulation under conditions of austerity has worked through at the level of local enforcement via a case study of four Merseyside Local Authorities; in so doing, it draws principally upon qualitative insights from a series of interviews, as well as data gleaned from a further series of Freedom of Information requests. In so doing, it considers how, on the ground, Better Regulation is made. It concludes that Better Regulation appears less about ‘better’ regulation, more about business-friendly regulation with diminishing law enforcement. There is good reason to suggest that regulatory functions will likely be increasingly re-cast as part of growth initiatives.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1470-1006
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Regulating Business? The Dynamics of Local Authority EnforcementRF-2011-173The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: austerity; Better Regulation; enforcement; Local Authorities; food safety; occupational health and safety; pollution control; regulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 46157
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 09:09
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