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The Government of Risk: Understanding Risk Regulation Regimes [Paperback]

Christopher Hood , Henry Rothstein , Robert Baldwin
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11 Mar 2004
Why does regulation vary so dramatically from one area to another? Why are some risks regulated aggressively and others responded to only modestly? Is there any logic to the techniques we use in risk regulation? These key questions are explored in The Government of Risk. This book looks at a number of risk regulation regimes, considers the respects in which they differ, and examines how these differences can be justified.

Analyzing regulation in terms of 'regimes' allows us to see the rich, multi-dimensional nature of risk regulation. It exposes the thinness of society-wide analyses of risk controls and it offers a perspective that single case studies cannot reach. Regimes analysis breaks down the components of risk regulation systems and shows how they interact. It also shows how different parts of the same regime may be shaped by different factors and have to be explained and understood in quite different ways. The Government of Risk shows how such an approach is of high policy relevance as well as of considerable theoretical importance.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199270015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199270019
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Full of insights. The classification scheme set out in the book will serve anyone involved in practical institutional design well beyond the specific examples it presents. (Political Studies)

is a significant contribution to the exisiting literature on risk regulation... a first... step towards a satisfactory comparative analysis of risk regulation schemes. (West European Politics)

Sweeping in the breadth of [its] academic scholarship... (Public Law)

[is] sure to have an enduring impact on the debate.

About the Author

Christopher Hood is at Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Henry Rothstein is at Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics.

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Makes an interesting case for the regime concept, to which is applies a wide range of analytical tool in this well-structured comparative study. Though entirely focused on the material collected from the nine cases investigated, the book at times also poses in the guise of an textbook of regulatory assessments. This latter, prescriptive aim appears rather forced though, in relation to the overall comparative and explanatory purpose of the book and the advises given are accordingly very general and uninformative.

In short; a good comparative analysis that successfully marries contextual and institutional explanations - but a meagre textbook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and consistent analysis of risk, especially but not only in government policy making and execution 28 Dec 2011
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"Every organization wants risk management but almost none seem to manage their risks better from one year to the next." A boss of mine made this comment a few years back. I am an avid consumer of books on risk management and risk generally, but however good they are, most of them give no new angles on how to think about and how to manage risk. This book is an exception. What I like most about it is that it spends much time analyzing and suggesting responses to how established organizations, managers and bureaucrats respond to change, often in a way that aims to kill the change. The book is carefully written and carefully researched and thought out--as one would expect of an author from All Souls'. I recommend this book high;y to any senior manager, any director of a company, and anyone who specializes in risk management. The book deserves to be better known.

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