The New Regulatory Space
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The New Regulatory Space

Reframing Democratic Governance

Frank Vibert

This groundbreaking book analyses changing patterns of governance in modern democratic societies. Frank Vibert discusses how far we should be concerned about such changes and what we should be concerned about. Crucially, Vibert clarifies the status of regulation, revealing how regulation should be viewed, not only as a technique offering specific responses to particular policy problems, but also in its new role as the key mechanism for making adjustments between the different systems of coordination used in contemporary governance.
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Chapter 3: Framing the regulatory space

Frank Vibert


In theory, social framing can be used to narrow down the field of inquiry into the regulatory space and holds out the prospect of being able to draw reasonable general inferences about what is happening to all systems of authority on the basis of this limited inquiry. Its application rests on the selection of frames. This chapter discusses the criteria for their selection. It also discusses their suitability for drawing more general inferences. The selection has to steer between two points. First, the frames cannot be too broad. Goals that are too general will tell us nothing. Secondly, and conversely, the frames cannot be too narrow. If they are cast too narrowly, too much will be left out of the analysis for drawing valid conclusions. At the same time the frames selected must characterize the different domains of authority in ways that reflect essential features of each.

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