Regulating the Retail Sector

Julia Black

in Rules and Regulators

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198262947
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682421 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

Regulating the Retail Sector

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The three themes that have strongly influenced the development of regulation in the retail sector are the institutional structure's impact on the process of rule making, specifically the Act on the Office of Fair Trading's role in closely watching the rules' anti-competitive effects; the role played by the rule making bodies' different views on the nature of the problem in question, the manner of solving it and the level to which these can change; and the effect of the market condition on rule making decisions. Other themes are also found to affect regulation development: the impact of the nature of the market, products and consumer in perception and regulation formation; interest groups' role in shaping and determining the regulation; and the shift in the regulator's policy and rule formation strategy.

Keywords: rules; rule making; policy making; retail sector; regulation; Office of Fair Trading

Chapter.  19128 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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