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Steve Tombs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313755

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313755.001.0001

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Re-regulation in action: ‘Better Regulation’

Re-regulation in action: ‘Better Regulation’

(p.107) Five Re-regulation in action: ‘Better Regulation’
Social Protection After the Crisis

Steve Tombs

Policy Press

The chapter traces mechanisms through which the Labour Governments from 1997, then, from 2010, the Coalition Government, sought to embed a new regulatory agenda under the auspices of ‘Better Regulation’. What is described as a feverish and relentless programme of re-regulation consists of four central mechanisms: a long term rhetorical assault on regulation as burdensome, red tape and so on; the establishment of a plethora of institutions within and of Government; various legal reform initiatives which have delivered both de-regulation and re-regulation; and a constant stream of reviews of specific regulatory agencies and of the practice and purpose of regulation in general. Better Regulation is a concerted effort at re-regulation, an attempt to re-configure the relationships between state and private capital. Moreover, while the claimed effect is that capital is being set ‘free’, these processes in fact engender a deeper and more intense inter-dependence between state and capital.

Keywords:   better regulation, hampton, legal reform, local enforcement, regulatory agencies, re regulation, rhetoric

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