Regulation in Government: Tools, Characteristics, and Behaviour

Christopher Hood, Colin Scott, Oliver James, George Jones and Tony Travers

in Regulation Inside Government

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780198280996
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599491 | DOI:
 Regulation in Government: Tools, Characteristics, and Behaviour

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Explores three interrelated themes: the tools and approaches regulators used to do their job; the extent to which regulation of government resembled regulation of business; and the extent to which regulatory behaviour and style were linked to the relational distance between the regulators and those they regulate. It argues that while there is no single style of regulation in government, the tools and approaches used by the regulators cut across the different institutional forms taken by the regulators.

Keywords: business regulation; government; regulation; regulatory behaviour; regulatory style; regulatory tools; relational distance

Chapter.  8523 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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