Standard‐Setting in Regulatory Regimes

Colin Scott

in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199560219
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Standard‐Setting in Regulatory Regimes

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Standards of one kind or another are central to all regulatory regimes. Conceived of in most general terms, standards are the norms, goals, objectives, or rules around which a regulatory regime is organised. The first part of this article elaborates further on the meaning of standards within regulatory regimes. The second part of this article is concerned with the variety of state and non-state actors who are involved in standard-setting and the processes through which standards are set and applied. The setting of standards is characterised by a diffusion of responsibility — national and supranational levels, state and non-state. The final substantive section of this article addresses the challenges of accountability associated with the emergence of a highly diffuse ‘industry’ for regulatory standard setting.

Keywords: regulatory regimes; norms; goals; objectives; rules

Article.  6891 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business and Government ; Business Strategy

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