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Regulation Inside GovernmentWaste-Watchers, Quality Police, and Sleazebusters$
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Christopher Hood, Oliver James, George Jones, Colin Scott, and Tony Travers

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198280998.001.0001

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A Regulatory State Inside the State?

A Regulatory State Inside the State?

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(p.3) 1 A Regulatory State Inside the State?
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Regulation Inside Government
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Christopher Hood (Contributor Webpage)

Colin Scott (Contributor Webpage)

Oliver James (Contributor Webpage)

George Jones (Contributor Webpage)

Tony Travers (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280998.003.0001

Makes a case for reading from understanding and study of business regulation to study and analysis of ‘regulation inside government’ and offers a definition of the phenomenon and a taxonomy of the variety of forms of control that are involved. Three major findings from the project are set out. First, regulation inside government is a surprisingly large enterprise, measured in quantitative terms. Second, it appears to have been increasing in formality, complexity, intensity, and specialization over the last two decades. Third, there is considerable variety in the closeness of the regulators to those they oversee, and this affects, in particular, the relative formality of regulatory processes.

Keywords:   business regulation, control, formality, government, regulation, regulators, regulatory processes

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