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Risk and regulation - balancing consumer and business interest group needs

The government could be doing much more to balance the needs of the consumer against those of interest groups and business, according to an LSE expert.

Professor Bridget Hutter, director of the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at LSE, examines recent government efforts to review the regulatory environment in the latest issue of Risk&Regulation, published today.

Drawing particular attention to recent reports, Professor Hutter argues that consumers and the general public could be losing out with the government's assessment of 'the burden of regulation' hijacked by business and other interest groups.

She said: 'Reviewing the evidence, it is questionable whether those involved with regulation are balancing the needs of the consumer with those of business and other interest groups. When you look at current debates about regulation you have to conclude that much of it is simplistic and the evidence is not being properly assessed.'

Professor Hutter's article is online at: Risk&Regulation Magazine|

Other topics in Risk&Regulation 12 include:

  • An interview with the chairman of the Better Regulation Commission, Rick Haythornthwaite
  • What lessons can the NHS learn from air safety regulation?
  • How interrelationships between non-executive directorships may be creating systemic risk
  • Are there just too many layers of regulation being created?
  • An exploration of the effects quality assurance has had on the operation of DNA laboratories

A PDF of the magazine is also available for download.

Click here for more the latest issue of Risk&Regulation|


Contact: Amy Greenwood, CARR, on 020 7849 4635 or risk@lse.ac.uk|.


About CARR
The ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at LSE. Our core intellectual work focuses on the organisational and institutional settings for risk management and regulatory practices. See Analysis of risk and regulation|

About ESRC
The ESRC is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. It provides independent, high quality, relevant research to business, the public sector and Government. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes.

13 December 2006