Public and Private Encounters
Edited by Tetty Havinga, Frans van Waarden and Donal Casey
Chapter 13: The meta-governance of co-regulation: Safeguarding the quality of Dutch eggs
In times of budget cuts and ‘regulatory governance’ philosophies, public regulators keep a keen eye on private systems, in an attempt to safeguard the quality and safety of products. This may explain the popularity of co-regulation. The concept encompasses a variety of arrangements in which regulations are specified, administered and enforced by a combination of the state and the regulated organizations (Bartle and Vass 2005; Garcia Martinez et al. 2007; 2013). Relying on these private systems would probably save valuable inspection capacity and maintain quality and safety at an acceptable level. Co-regulation also requires many coordination efforts between government, industry and third parties. Broadly defined, they serve common values (such as safety, quality, sustainability), but with different purposes and methods. The literature on (self-) regulation describes tensions between public regulators (‘government’) on the one hand and private regulatees (‘self-regulating industry’) on the other. Much of this literature looks at coordination from a public perspective. It seems to aim at making self-regulation suitable for government purposes.
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