Governance from the Ground Up

54 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2016  

Adam Hill

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2012


How do the main theoretical approaches in the social sciences — rational choice theory, the three institutionalisms, and a prominent variant of interpretivism, constructivism — explain regulatory governance instruments and mechanisms? In order to answer this question, we need an account of regulatory governance and an account of instruments and mechanisms. Rather than conceptualize regulatory governance in broad patterns, we will attempt to provide a framework for conceptualizing instances of regulatory governance at a more primitive level. This more primitive level is that of instruments and mechanisms. We will conceptualize instances of regulatory governance as mechanistic structures composed of component instruments designed by individuals with particular resources in order to influence other individuals. Each of the theoretical approaches provide an alternative causal explanation of the instruments and mechanisms that constitute regulatory governance.

Keywords: governance

Suggested Citation

Hill, Adam, Governance from the Ground Up (September 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Adam Hill (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

United States

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