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All Bark, No Bite? The Regulation of Prisons in England and Wales

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280998.003.0006
 All Bark, No Bite? The Regulation of Prisons in England and Wales

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Examines regulation of prison standards by arms‐length oversight bodies, which generally had much stronger capacities for monitoring than enforcement. Prisons in England and Wales are subject to one of the densest patterns of oversight of any public sector activity. There has been a tendency to add new layers of regulation at various times without taking anything away, creating considerable overlap and duplication. Regulators who lacked formal powers were nevertheless observed to develop less formal mechanisms for seeking modification of behaviour.

Keywords: behaviour modification; duplication; enforcement; monitoring; prisons; regulation; regulators

Chapter.  8182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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