Chapter 1: Introduction to the structure of regulation
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The introduction highlights the importance of understanding why regulation succeeds and fails, and why existing explanations have largely failed to look at the structural properties of a regulation as the primary cause of regulatory performance. It is explained that this will be demonstrated through the regulation of the environment, which has been at the forefront of regulatory debates and initiatives. The chapter then proceeds to outline the contents of the argument by describing the content and purpose of the remaining chapters. This involves a review of environmental regulation and the arguments for change, the embedded nature of rule following and the self-reference that supports different rule following behaviours, the conditions of regulation with their inbuilt compliance requirements, the rationale for a revised methodology for regulating, and a consideration of the structural exclusions that accompany the application of regulation.