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Social Protection After the CrisisRegulation without enforcement$
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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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Regulatory inaction? Regulation without enforcement

Regulatory inaction? Regulation without enforcement

(p.137) Six Regulatory inaction? Regulation without enforcement
Social Protection After the Crisis

Steve Tombs

Policy Press

The focus of this chapter is on the trajectories of state enforcement of regulatory law in the context of three areas of social protection, spanning national and local regulatory bodies in the UK: food safety, health and safety at work, and pollution control. Specifically, it examines the activities of the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Health and Safety Executive, and Local Authority Environmental Health Officers, the latter also with specific reference to Merseyside. Its central claim – advanced through analyses of a considerable variety of quantitative and qualitative data relating to enforcement activities and practices – is that the economic, political and ideological attacks on the idea of regulation have combined to produce regulatory regimes that are based, variously, upon declining levels of enforcement. Indeed, even at the end of the period under examination, it remains the case that regulation and enforcement continue to be seen as burdensome, detracting from economic efficiency, and economically and socially detrimental.

Keywords:   better regulation, enforcement, environmental health officers, food safety, health and safety at work, local authorities, merseyside, pollution control

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