Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness
- New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas
Chapter 10: Can supervision and enforcement networks make self-regulation work?
Risk control is needed to be able to prevent certain activities from harming the environment. However, who is primarily responsible for risk control is subject to discussion. A number of different parties are involved in this discussion, in the first place the company and various inspection organizations. But also stakeholders like nearby residents, environmental pressure groups and labour organizations. If politicians see a particular problem in society which is not expected to be solved spontaneously, regulation is a very popular response. This phenomenon, known as the risk regulation reflex of incident regulation reflex (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid 2013), is especially strong if an incident occurs.
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