The Regulatory Enterprise: Government, Regulation, and Legitimacy

Hardcover | July 26, 2010

byTony Prosser

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The use of regulation to control behaviour is a defining feature of modern government, penetrating a wide range of social and economic life, from health and social care to transport and environmental protection. This book offers a detailed study of how regulation works in practice, its legalframework, and the arguments surrounding its economic and social impact.The book focuses on a range of British regulatory bodies, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Food Standards Agency, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the regulators for health and social care, and the utility regulators covering communications,energy, rail, and water. It uncovers the complex network of different institutions that constitute the regulatory enterprise, including central government departments and European institutions. It argues that effective regulatory accountability requires that the relations between the differentbodies are clear and transparent, and assesses the extent to which this is achieved in practice.The book highlights the range of tasks which regulators perform. Many regulators are responsible for economic regulation aimed at increasing efficiency and promoting consumer choice, but they also have other roles, notably protecting human rights, promoting social solidarity and social inclusion,and providing a forum for deliberation and learning through listening to different interests. The different legal duties of regulators, and their operation in practice, are examined in relation to these different roles, with an emphasis on how regulators ought to decide and how they can be heldaccountable for their decisions. Finally the book looks at how regulators themselves are regulated as part of the 'better regulation' initiative, examining attempts to reduce regulatory burdens and to improve regulatory procedures, for example through the use of regulatory impact analysis. It also features comparative analysis ofexperience from France and the USA.

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The use of regulation to control behaviour is a defining feature of modern government, penetrating a wide range of social and economic life, from health and social care to transport and environmental protection. This book offers a detailed study of how regulation works in practice, its legalframework, and the arguments surrounding its...

Tony Prosser is the Professor of Public Law at the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He was previously John Millar Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow and has also taught at the University of Sheffield and the European University Institute, Florence. He has written over 100 ac...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Two Visions of Regulation and Four Regulatory Models2. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority3. The Food Standards Agency4. The Environment Agency5. The Health and Safety Executive6. The Care Quality Commission and its Predecessors7. Monitor, the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts8. The Office of Communications9. The Utility Regulators: the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, the Water Services Regulation Authority, and the Office of Rail Regulation10. Regulating the Regulators11. Comparisons and Conclusions