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Regulatory Theory: foundations and applications

23rd February 2017

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Peter Drahos

Peter Drahos is a Professor in Law in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University, Canberra. He currently holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London.

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RegNet’s new etext, Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications is now available for download at ANU Press. The volume is available in full in PDF and EPub versions and individual chapters are available in PDF format.

Interactive contents page

Regulatory Theory features an interactive contents page that divides chapters into key theories, concepts, methods and psychological foundations. If you are unsure where to start, or are looking for material on, for example, a specific theory (e.g. smart regulation) or concept (e.g. rule of law) use this interactive to navigate to chapters in your area of interest or to find key readings in regulatory theory. Up-to-date Adobe Flash is essential. Alternatively, the interactive contents is also included in the downloadable Epub.

About the book

Aimed at practitioners, postgraduate students and those interested in regulation as a cross-cutting theme in the social sciences, Regulatory Theory includes chapters on the social-psychological foundations of regulation as well as theories of regulation such as responsive regulation, smart regulation and nodal governance. It explores the key themes of compliance, legal pluralism, meta-regulation, the rule of law, risk, accountability, globalisation and regulatory capitalism. The environment, crime, health, human rights, investment, migration and tax are among the fields of regulation considered in this ground-breaking book. Each chapter introduces the reader to key concepts and ideas and contains suggestions for further reading. The contributors, who either are or have been connected to the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at The Australian National University, include John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Peter Grabosky, Neil Gunningham, Fiona Haines, Terry Halliday, David Levi-Faur, Christine Parker, Colin Scott and Clifford Shearing.

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