How Far Does Context Shape Content in Risk Regulation Regimes?

Christopher Hood, Henry Rothstein and Robert Baldwin

in The Government of Risk

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199243631
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599507 | DOI:
 How Far Does Context Shape Content in Risk Regulation Regimes?

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Reviews received explanations of why governments regulate risk in the way they do and identifies a triangle of contextual forces that may sometimes pull together in shaping risk regulation regimes and sometimes pull in opposite directions. Those forces relate to market failure, mass public opinion, and organized interests. The chapter argues that analysis of these contextual factors can help explain variety amongst risk regulation regimes but identifies some of the methodological problems involved in such an analysis. Detailed analysis of how far such contextual factors shape the content of risk regulation regimes is presented in Chs.5, 6, and 7.

Keywords: government; market failure; mass public opinion; methodology; organized interests; risk regulation

Chapter.  3694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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