Regulation touches upon areas of vital importance to our lives and the economy, but it is still very much a 'grey area' of criminal law and social control, subject to very little academic scrutiny. This book combines an analysis of the broader structural factors which influence regulation and its definition at the everyday level with a discussion of empirical data, to reach a thorough understanding of the subject. The empirical data focuses on the regulation of economic activities in the areas of occupational health and safety and the environment in England and Wales in the 1980s.
There are few detailed studies of compliance and this book will prove an essential guide for academics and students in the many areas in which compliance is an issue - sociology, law, government, management, criminonolgy.
Bridget M. Hutter, Lecturer in Sociology, London School of Economics
"this is a vintage Rolls-Royce of a book - a quality product in a traditional style that is not only bulky and impressive but likely to be an appreciating classic of its type. Christopher Hood, New Institutionalism and Organizational Theory, A Review Article."
"Sesitively framed, well-written and impressively throrough, this study is likely to be a standard work on regulatory compliance for some time to come." - Christopher Hood, New Institutionalism and Organizational Theory, A Review Article.
"Anyone who thinks regulatory 'compliance' is a clear-cut phenomenon, capable of being easily defined and measured, has been reading too many self-congratulatory reports by regulatory agencies and needs to read this book." - Christopher Hood, New Institutionalism and Organisational Theory: A Review Article.
List of Tables, Statutes and Cases
Part 1. : Setting the Scene
1: Organizing Themes and Concepts
2: The Health and Safety Executive
Part 2: Defining Compliance
3: The Legal and Administrative Framework
4: The Working Definition of Compliance
Part 3: Monitoring Compliance
5: Inspectors Take the Initiative: Proactive Methods
6: Responding to Complaints and Accidents
Part 4: Interactions Between Inspectors and the Regulators
7: Whose Compliance?
8: Compliance as a Process of Enforcement
Part 5: Conclusion
Appendix: The Organization of Data Collection