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When risk-based regulation aims low: approaches and challenges

Black, Julia ORCID: 0000-0002-5838-3265 and Baldwin, Robert (2012) When risk-based regulation aims low: approaches and challenges. Regulation and Governance, 6 (1). pp. 2-22. ISSN 1748-5983

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2011.01124.x


Risk-based regulation is becoming a familiar regulatory strategy in a wide range of areas and countries. Regulatory attention tends to focus, at least initially, on high risks but low-risk regulatees or activities tend to form the bulk of the regulated population. This article asks why regulators need to address low risks and it outlines the potential difficulties that such risks present. It then considers how regulators tend to deal with lower risks in practice. A body of literature and survey-based research is used to develop a taxonomy of intervention strategies that may be useful in relation to low-risk activities, and, indeed, more widely. In an article to be published in the subsequent issue of this journal, we will then develop a strategic framework for regulators to employ when choosing intervention strategies and we will assesses whether, and how, such a framework could be used by regulatory agencies in a manner that is operable, dynamic, transparent, and justifiable.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Blackwell
Divisions: Law
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 14:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 03:42

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