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From Chasing Violations to Managing Risks

Origins, Challenges and Evolutions in Regulatory Inspections

Florentin Blanc

Florentin Blanc focuses specifically on regulatory inspections and enforcement, their historical development, contrasted approaches and methods, and their relative effectiveness in achieving regulatory objectives. Inspections aimed at verifying compliance with regulations are one of the most significant activities of modern states in terms of the number of staff employed or of people affected, and one of the most visible ones – but have long remained relatively under-researched, or at least not considered "as such".
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Florentin Blanc


To the extent possible, we have attempted to reference published sources to as to allow readers to cross-check our statements or to look for further details and information. This we have done even in cases where we had first-hand information or data on the issue, always preferring to refer to the published version. In the course of our work on inspections, however, we have had many opportunities to obtain first-hand insights into structures, practices, approaches, mindsets etc. that are not reflected in any publication. This was not, however, typically collected as part of ‘research field-work’ but as part of our work as a project manager or technical expert for inspections reform projects implemented by the World Bank Group, or during discussions with colleagues working on inspections issues (as inspectors or reformers) in various countries, but always in a professional capacity. In some countries, in spite of not being present ‘on site’, we participated in online discussions and had access to unpublished reports. As a result of the vast number of these meetings and interactions, listing all of them or giving all of the dates would be not only tedious but impossible. We only, for the reader’s information, give a short summary of our main direct interactions with government officials in charge of inspections below, including countries, years of involvement or interaction, and short comments on the frequency, as well as on the profiles of officials involved.




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