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Risk regulation and transnationality: institutional accountability as a driver of innovation

Baldwin, Robert, Black, Julia and O’Leary, Gerard (2014) Risk regulation and transnationality: institutional accountability as a driver of innovation. Transnational Environmental Law, 3 (2). pp. 373-390. ISSN 2047-1025

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This article describes the processes that led the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a National Inspection Plan for domestic waste water treatment systems, following intervention from European Union institutions. The discussion focuses on two issues: the role of transnational institutional settings in galvanizing innovation and regulatory reform, and the practical challenges of dealing with lower risks. It is argued that multi-level transnational regimes have considerable potential to stimulate high-level reviews of regulatory strategy. As a result, lower risks present challenges that cannot be ignored in favour of policies that focus on the most severe risks. Traditional risk regulation theories, it is contended, do not provide much assistance in selecting intervention strategies in the face of such pressures, but the example of the Irish EPA shows how regulators can address these issues.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q56 - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounting; Environmental Equity
Sets: Research centres and groups > Director's Management Team
Departments > Law
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:44

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