Regulating Everything

Posted: 7 Jan 2010

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Colin Scott

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: November 28, 2008


This Working Paper is the text of the Inaugural Lecture for the Chair in EU Regulation and Governance, given at University College Dublin. Surveying both policy and academic developments in the field of regulation and governance, the lecture argues that, notwithstanding evidence of spectacular growth in numbers of arms-length regulatory agencies, particularly in Ireland, there is more to regulation than agencies and rules. I suggest that expectations of regulatory agencies, and models of mega-regulation generally, are excessive, and that meta-regulatory models which operate through the recognition and steering of diffuse actors and regulatory capacity offer more fruitful ways of reconceptualizing 'regulating everythin.g

Keywords: regulation governance metaregulation agencies

JEL Classification: K23, K42,L5, L43,

Suggested Citation

Scott, Colin David, Regulating Everything (November 28, 2008). Available at SSRN:

Colin David Scott (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Dublin 4

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