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‘The Public Interest’ in Regulation
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‘The Public Interest’ in Regulation

Mike Feintuck


The concept of ‘the public interest’ is often used in legal and political discourse, lending an air of legitimacy and respectability to exercises of power. However, the term is rarely defined in any meaningful sense. Even where it has the appearance of a term of art in legal or regulatory usage, it may, in reality be no more than an empty vessel, waiting to be filled with whatever values the user wishes. This lack of definition renders the concept vulnerable to capture by interest groups, quite contrary to the collective values that the term seems to imply. This book considers whether these pr ... More

Keywords: public interest, democratic values, citizenship, Britain, United States, regulation, private power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Feintuck, author
Professor in Law, University of Hull