Risk, Regulation and Good Governance

Queen's University Belfast
9-10 September 2003

Joint workshop organised by the Institute of Governance, Queen's University Belfast and CARR.

This joint two-day workshop focused on debates concerning public and private governance, in particular on the nature of governance ethics as well as on instruments and technologies of regulating governance. The workshop brought together participants from across the UK, from both academic and practitioner backgrounds. Among the recurring themes were issues of how to set appropriate standards and what type of status they should enjoy. A further key theme was the contested nature of the appropriate means of enforcement and by what type of organisations. The first day was devoted to themes of public and private governance, ranging from debates over corporate citizenship to the nature and constitution of ethical principles in public life. The debate centred on how to establish codes that would offer sufficient flexibility for responsible activity, while being of sufficient substance in order to alter behaviour. The second day turned to technologies of regulation - such as the rise of audit within government and the informatisation of public services. In international perspective, there was no universal 'audit explosion', although audit has been increasingly used within the devolved regions of the UK. Similarly, informatisation has challenged the capacity of governments to act as 'intelligent customers'. Finally, the discussion turned to issues of standard-setting in multi-level governance settings, highlighting issues motivating governments' activity in such contexts across a variety of domains.

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