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Assessing the costs and benefits of regulation: a discussion

A panel of distinguished speakers from the National Consumer Council, Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, Better Regulation Executive and The Pensions Regulator will participate in a public debate on the nature of regulation: its costs, its benefits, and its place in modern society, on Tuesday 13 March at LSE.

Calls for better regulation, less regulation and deregulation are widespread and commonly voiced in the media. Regulation is popularly understood to impede productivity, reduce competitiveness 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?

Discussing these issues will be:

  • Philip Cullum, deputy chief executive, National Consumer Council
  • Matthew Fell, head of Group Corporate Affairs, Confederation of British Industry
  • Alexander Ehmann, regulation and enterprise policy adviser, Institute of Directors
  • Colin Church , director, Regulatory Innovation, Better Regulation Executive
  • David Norgrove, chairman, The Pensions Regulator

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Bridget Hutter, director of the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at LSE, which is hosting this event.

Assessing the costs and benefits of regulation: a discussion is on Tuesday 13 March 2007 at 2pm-4pm in Theatre U8, Tower One, LSE, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To register for a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

7 March 2007