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Regime Content and Context Revisited: An Overall Picture

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243638.003.0008
 Regime Content and Context Revisited: An Overall Picture

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Explores how much each of the three drivers discussed in the previous three chapters contributes to explaining variation in risk regulation regimes. The chapter explores the extent to which the three drivers pull together or in opposite directions in shaping regimes and explores the amount of regime variation that cannot be explained by any of them singly or in combination. Special attention is paid to those aspects of regime content that cannot be explained by the three contextual elements and the chapter identifies the importance of considering the ‘inner‐lives’ of regimes in aiding our understanding of regime variety. Overall, the chapter concludes that the orthodox accounts provided in the preceeding chapters, when taken together, can go a long way to explain the form and content of risk regulation regimes without recourse to grand theories of ‘high modernity’.

Keywords: content; inner‐lives; modernity; risk regulation

Chapter.  5132 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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