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Assessing the costs and benefits of regulation: a panel debate

ESRC Festival of Social Science 07 Week Seminar

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2007
Time: 2pm-4pm
Venue: London School of Economics, Houghton Street WC2A 2AE (Tower 1, Theatre U8)

Calls for better regulation, less regulation and deregulation are widespread and commonly voiced in the media. Debates about regulation increasingly focus on red tape, burdens and costs. Regulation is popularly understood to impede productivity, reduce competitiveness, hamper innovation and challenge our freedoms. Yet there are also widespread calls for protection from risk, for compensation for harm, and for increased fairness and accountability in corporate and public life. How can these competing pressures be explained and reconciled? Is regulation costly? Or is it money well spent in the public interest? Can less be more? What does better regulation mean? How is it to be achieved? And for whom?

A panel of distinguished speakers will debate these issues and reflect on the nature of regulation: its costs, its benefits, and its place in modern society.

Discussing these issues will be:

Mr Philip Cullum            Deputy Chief Executive, National Consumer Council
Mr Matthew Fell            Head of Group Corporate Affairs, Confederation of British Industry
Mr Alexander Ehmann   Regulation and Enterprise Policy Adviser, Institute of Directors
Dr Colin Church            Director, Regulatory Innovation, Better Regulation Executive
Mr David Norgrove       Chairman, The Pensions Regulator

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Bridget Hutter, Director of CARR.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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