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Compliance theory: a goal framing approach

Etienne, Julien (2011) Compliance theory: a goal framing approach. Law and Policy, 33 (3). pp. 305-333. ISSN 0265-8240

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Abstract

Despite a wealth of publications on compliance and noncompliance, regulation scholars still lack a consistent and comprehensive compliance theory and entertain a collection of partial and incompatible theories instead. This article is an attempt to improve this situation by taking up two interrelated challenges that compliance theorists are facing: to account for the multiple motivations behind compliance and noncompliance behaviors with one internally consistent framework and to account for the interactions between these motivations in other than an additive or ad hoc fashion. The article builds on Siegwart Lindenberg's Goal Framing Theory, which provides consistent accounts of the cumulated and interactive influence of heterogeneous motivations on decisions. The goal framing approach is illustrated with an extensive range of examples borrowed from the empirical literature on regulatory compliance. It thus provides a synthetic framework to account for different types of responses to regulation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0265-8240
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G18 - Government Policy and Regulation
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G28 - Government Policy and Regulation
G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G38 - Government Policy and Regulation
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000292113500001
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2011 13:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37446/

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