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Regulation Inside Government: Retro‐Theory Vindicated or Outdated?

Martin Lodge and Christopher Hood

in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199560219
Published online September 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560219.003.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Regulation Inside Government: Retro‐Theory Vindicated or Outdated?

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Regulation is a word that has gained a wide currency in discussions of public sector reform over the past thirty years or so. Many have claimed that increased formal regulation of public sector activity reflects deep-seated ‘modernist’ changes in the functioning of state machinery. This article scrutinises regulation within government. To put the modern use of the R-word (to signify oversight of government) into context, this article begins by pointing out the relatively modest incidence and growth of articles using this term in some of the leading international journals on executive government and law and society over the last decade. This article questions whether accounts, are still able to offer much leverage over the contemporary regulation of government by itself. It also suggests that past commentators may have been rather too optimistic about the ease with which government could regulate the private sector.

Keywords: regulation; public sector reform; public sector activity; accounts; private sector

Article.  8561 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Business Strategy

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