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Handbook on the Politics of Regulation

Handbook on the Politics of Regulation

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Edited by David Levi-Faur

This unique Handbook offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive, state-of-the-art reviews of the politics of regulation. It presents and discusses the core theories and concepts of regulation in response to the rise of the regulatory state and regulatory capitalism, and in the context of the ‘golden age of regulation’. Its eleven sections include forty-eight chapters covering issues as diverse and varied as: theories of regulation; historical perspectives on regulation; regulation of old and new media; risk regulation, enforcement and compliance; better regulation; civil regulation; European regulatory governance; and global regulation. As a whole, it provides an essential point of reference for all those working on the political, social, and economic aspects of regulation.

Chapter 42: The Geography of Regulation

Michael W. Dowdle

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, political economy, public policy, regulation and governance


Michael W. Dowdle 42.1 INTRODUCTION: REGULATION IN THE PERIPHERY Present-day developmental and regulatory thinking presume that a state’s capacity to implement new regulatory options is limited only by its “political will.” There is good reason to question this presumption, however, particularly insofar as developing countries are concerned. A country’s regulatory capacities are significantly affected by its socio-economic structuring, and advances in economic geography suggest that such structurings are in turn shaped to a considerable extent by transnational, economicgeographical dynamics. All this can cause developing countries to experience economic and regulatory structurings that are not only divergent from those that operate in the industrialized North Atlantic states – those states that serve as our principal regulatory models – but also innately divergent for reasons that operate outside of political control. This chapter explores how economic geography affects regulatory capacity, particularly in the world’s less developed regions. In section 42.2, we examine how different regulatory strategies can be more or less effective depending on a country’s larger socioeconomic organization. In particular, we look at the degree to which contemporary Weberian models of “rule of law” regulation are presumed to be and are dependent upon a prior industrialization for their effectiveness. Section 42.3 investigates how a country’s socio-economic organization is itself often strongly shaped by geographic forces that lie outside the reach of that country’s regulatory or political institutions. Section 42.4 then looks at how this geographical structuring can generate distinctive “regulatory logics” in developing countries, and in section 42.5 we use the case of...

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