The Government of Risk: Understanding Risk Regulation Regimes

Paperback | March 15, 2004

byChristopher Hood, Henry Rothstein, Robert Baldwin

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Why does regulation vary so dramatically from one area to another? Why are some risks regulated aggressively and others responded to only modestly? Is there any logic to the techniques we use in risk regulation? These key questions are explored in The Government of Risk. This book looks at anumber of risk regulation regimes, considers the respects in which they differ, and examines how these differences can be justified.Analyzing regulation in terms of 'regimes' allows us to see the rich, multi-dimensional nature of risk regulation. It exposes the thinness of society-wide analyses of risk controls and it offers a perspective that single case studies cannot reach. Regimes analysis breaks down the components of riskregulation systems and shows how they interact. It also shows how different parts of the same regime may be shaped by different factors and have to be explained and understood in quite different ways. The Government of Risk shows how such an approach is of high policy relevance as well as ofconsiderable theoretical importance.

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Why does regulation vary so dramatically from one area to another? Why are some risks regulated aggressively and others responded to only modestly? Is there any logic to the techniques we use in risk regulation? These key questions are explored in The Government of Risk. This book looks at anumber of risk regulation regimes, considers ...

Christopher Hood is at Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Henry Rothstein is at Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270015

ISBN - 13:9780199270019

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesSection 1: Introducing Risk Regulation Regime1. What are Risk Regulation Regimes? Why do they Matter?2. The Comparative Anatomy of Risk Regulation Regimes3. Nine Risk Regulation Regimes ComparedSection 2: Expanding Variation in Risk Regulation Regimes4. How far does Context Shape Content in Risk Regulation Regimes?5. Exploring the 'Market Failure' Hypothesis6. Opinion-Response Government and Risk Regulation7. Interests, Lobbies, and Experts8. Regime Content and Context Revisited: An Overall PictureSection 3: Exploring the Dynamics of Risk Regulation Regimes9. Regime Development Under Pressure: Staged Retreats and Lateral Mutations10. The Regime Perspective in Risk Regulation: Implications for Policy and Institutional DesignAppendixesReferencesIndex

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`The Government of Risk is an important book, and perhaps a major one, for several reasons... This volume both brings some of the best developed resources of political science and public administration studies to bear upon issues of risk, from which both the field of risk scholarship andpolitical science can only benefit.... In grounding this cross-disciplinary framework clearly in theory, the book presents future researchers with an invaluable book.'PERRI 6