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 9: The distinctive appeal of the regulatory space

Frank Vibert


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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