Are doctors different? Regulating individuals in the context of occupational subcultures
A basic principle of ‘responsive regulation’ is that regulators should respond to the behavior, context and culture of those being regulated. Yet scholars generally pay more attention to regulatory and regulated organisations than to the individuals being regulated. Health professionals, and doctors in particular, as a distinctively difficult group to regulate, call for considerable regulatory guile. In this seminar, Judith discusses efforts to persuade doctors to comply with protocols that aim to make health care safer for patients.