The following books provide an introduction to the very rich and diverse field of regulatory theory. They have been chosen because they provide useful starting points for a study of regulation and governance - but there are many other books and articles that could be included on this list.
Before embarking on your scholarly journey into the fields of regulation and governance, we encourage everyone to read: • Braithwaite V (2006) Ten Things You Need to Know about Regulation and Never Wanted to Ask. RegNet Occasional Paper No. 10.
I Ayres and J Braithwaite, Responsive Regulation, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992 – an extremely influential book on regulatory theory and policy which develops and explains the idea of responsive regulation
Baldwin R, Cave M & Lodge M (2011) Understanding Regulation. Theory, Strategy and Practice. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Baldwin R, Scott C & Hood C (1998) A Reader on Regulation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Braithwaite, J. 2003. Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Braithwaite, J. and P. Drahos. 2000. Global Business Regulation. Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press.
Drahos, P. (ed). 2017. Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. Australia: Australian National University Press. (Download for free)
Gunningham, N., P. Grabosky and D. Sinclair. 1998. Smart Regulation: Designing Environmental Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Haines F (2011) Paradoxes of Regulation: What Regulation Can Achieve and What it Cannot. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Holley C, Gunningham N & Shearing C (2012). The New Environmental Governance. London: Routledge.
Jordana J & Levi-Faur, D. (2004) The Politics of Regulation. Institutions and Regulatory Reforms for the Age of Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Levi-Faur D (2011) Handbook on the Politics of Regulation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
A Ogus, Regulation: Legal Form and Economic Theory, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994 – an introduction to regulatory theory, with a strong economic perspective
Potoski M & Prakash A (2009) Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Power M (1999) The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tyler T (1990) Why People Obey the Law. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Wood J & Shearing C. 2007. Imagining Security. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
Baldwin R & Hutter B (2008) Really Responsive Regulation. Modern Law Review 71(1): 59-94.
Black J (2002) Critical Reflections on Regulation. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 27: 1-35.
Braithwaite J, Coglianese C & Levi-Faur D. (2007) Can Regulation and Governance Make a Difference? Regulation & Governance: 1: 1-7.
Braithwaite J (2011) The Essence of Responsive Regulation. University of British Columbia Law Review 44: 475-520.
Braithwaite V (2004) The Hope Process and Social Inclusion. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 592: 128-151.
Braithwaite V, Murphy K & Reinhart M (2007) Taxation Threat, Motivational Postures, and Responsive Regulation. Law & Policy 29: 137-158.
Charlesworth H (2005). Not Waving but Drowning: Gender Mainstreaming and Human Rights in the United Nations. Harvard Human Rights Journal 18: 1-18.
Drahos P, Shearing C & Burris S (200) Nodal Governance as an Approach to Regulation. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 30: 30-58.
Grabosky P (1995) Using Non-Governmental Resources to Foster Regulatory Compliance. Governance 8: 527-550.
Hutter B (2005). The Attractions of Risk-based Regulation: accounting for the emergence of risk ideas in regulation. Discussion paper no. 33 London: ESRC Centre for Analysis and Risk Regulation.
Levi-Faur D (2005) The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Capitalism. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 598: 12-32.
Levi-Faur D (2013) The Odyssey of the Regulatory State. Law & Policy 35: 29-50.
May P (2007) Regulatory Regimes and Accountability. Regulation & Governance 1: 8-26.
Parker C (2000) Reinventing Regulation Within the Corporation: Compliance-Oriented Regulatory Innovation. Administration & Society 32: 529-565.
Sinclair D (1997) Self-Regulation Versus Command and Control? Beyond False Dichotomies. Law & Policy 19: 529-559.
Wright J & Head B (2009) Reconsidering Regulation and Governance Theory: A Learning Approach. Law & Policy 31: 192-216.