Regulation in Crisis?


CARR has received ESRC-funding for a three year seminar series on the theme of ‘Regulation in Crisis?’. This theme reflects on of the most pressing problems in contemporary society, namely how to rebalance the relationship between democratic governance and markets in the context of the early 21st century. The seminar series’ central focus is on how regulation is itself in crisis given observed failures over the past decade, how regulation is essential for dealing with cases of crisis, and whether regulation as a field of study is in crisis.

This seminar series will

- represent a high-level interdisciplinary and international forum for established and early career academics and practitioners to consider the multi-level, multi-problem setting of regulation

- advance scholarly inquiry by probing into and advancing the foundations of existing research agendas in regulation

- run a series of seminars on leading-edge and strategic themes in the field of regulation

See article in the winter 2014 issue of Risk & Regulation on ‘Regulation in Crisis?’  

Seminar 1: Regulation in Crisis?
The first seminar was structured around the three key themes of the seminar series: Regulation in Sectors in Crisis, Regulatory Instruments in Crisis?, and Regulation as a Field of Study in Crisis?. The seminar brought together international practitioners and academic perspectives from different disciplines and sectors to consider the key questions and concerns in the contemporary debate. To facilitate free-flowing discussion and a forward-looking perspective, the workshop featured short, informal interventions rather than informal papers. A programme of the seminar can be found here.

One Day Conference: Regulating Higher Education
This one day event, organised jointly with the Higher Education Commission, brought together academic and practitioner perspectives on the future regulation of higher education, especially in the context of England. The debate focused in particular on the challenges of risk-based regulation and the wider regulatory framework for higher education. A report on the conference can be found here. Contributions to the event can be found in the CARR Discussion Paper.  

Seminar 2: Regulation of Standards in Public Life
This seminar considered the challenges of regulating standards in public life in the context of scandal-driven regulatory responses, the evolution of regulation regimes, and the unintended consequences emerging from different regulatory responses. The event included a public roundtable involving Lord Paul Bew (Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards), Richard Painter (University of Minnesota), Gillian Peele (University of Oxford), Denis Saint Martin (University of Montreal) and Walt Shaub (Director, US Office of Government Ethics). Further information can be found here.

Seminar 3: Regulatory Agencies under Challenge
One of the key defining features of contemporary regulation is the independent agency. This workshop, partly funded by the promotion programme for research into the Western Balkans (RRPP), focused on key themes in the study of regulatory agencies, namely accountability, inde-pendence, co-ordination and expertise. More information can be found here.