In recent years, regulation has emerged as one of the most distinct and important fields of study in the social sciences, both for policy-makers and for scholars who require a theoretical framework that can be applied to any social sector. This timely textbook provides a conceptual map of the field and an accessible and critical introduction to the subject. Morgan and Yeung set out a diverse and stimulating selection of materials and give them context with a comprehensive and critical commentary. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach and emphasising the role of law in its broader social and political context, it will be an invaluable tool for the student coming to regulation for the first time. This clearly structured, academically rigorous title, with a contextualised perspective, is essential reading for all students of the subject.
Bronwen Morgan is Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on the political economy of regulatory reform and global governance. She is the author of Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition (2003). Karen Yeung is Professor of Law at King's College London. Her research interests lie in the intersection of public law and economic regulation with particular emphasis on issues relating to regulatory techniques and enforcement.
Introduction; 1. Theories of regulation; 2. Regulatory instruments and techniques; 3. Regulatory enforcement and compliance; 4. Regulatory accountability and legitimacy; 5. Regulation above and beyond the state; 6. Conclusion.