Reframing Democratic Governance
Chapter 9: The distinctive appeal of the regulatory space
If the distinctive appeal of the regulatory space can be clearly identified it would help clarify the nature of the permanent embrace between the regulatory space and other systems of coordination. It would also help us think in new and different ways about boundaries between different domains and how to maintain their integrity. In order to look for what might be distinctive, the analysis looks at the ways in which power and authority are exercised in the different domains. The chapter first looks at the way in which systems of coordination can be viewed both as 'distinctive' and, at the same time, interdependent and interconnected. It then takes a 'resources' based approach to distinctiveness in order to see whether there is something about the way in which power and authority is exercised in the regulatory space that provides it with its distinctive appeal. Finally, the discussion returns to look further into the way in which the systems can be said to be interconnected and in particular into the question of 'reciprocity' - the way in which power and authority are exchanged between domains.
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