Regulating Law

John Braithwaite, Nicola Lacey, Christine Parker, Colin Scott (eds)
Oxford University Press (17 June 2004)

Regulating Law explores how the goals and policies of the new regulatory state are fundamentally reshaping jurisprudence in the domains of public law, private law, and the regulation of work and business. 

Fourteen areas of the core legal curriculum are reassessed from the standpoint of the impact of regulation on mainstream legal doctrine. This volume examines the collision of regulation by law with regulation by other means and provides an innovative regulatory perspective for the whole of law.

To date, regulatory scholarship has mainly been applied to specific legislative programs and/or agencies for the social and economic regulation of business. In this volume, a cast of internationally renowned legal scholars each apply a 'regulatory perspective' to their own area of law. Their contributions provide a rich analysis of the limits and potential of legal doctrine as an instrument of control both in regulatory settings, and in settings traditionally immune from regulatory analysis.

The result is an examination of the regulation of the doctrines of law itself, of the way in which law regulates other forms of regulation and social ordering, and of law as a subject and object of regulation.

  • Professor John Braithwaite is based at the Law Program in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.
  • Professor Nicola Lacey is based at the Department of Law, LSE 
  • Dr Christine Parker is based at the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne.
  • Colin Scott is based at the Department of Law and ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at LSE.


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