The Politics of Regulation in the UK

Between Tradition, Contingency and Crisis

  • Daniel¬†Fitzpatrick

Part of the Understanding Governance book series (TRG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Political and Regulatory Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daniel Fitzpatrick
      Pages 3-23
    3. Daniel Fitzpatrick
      Pages 25-54
    4. Daniel Fitzpatrick
      Pages 55-91
  3. Pressures for Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Daniel Fitzpatrick
      Pages 209-224
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


This book explores the discourse of regulatory crisis in the UK and examines why, despite the increasing contestation of the principles underpinning the regulatory state, its institutions and practices continue to be firmly embedded within the governance of the British state. It considers its implications for our understanding of the contemporary nature of the British state, and to the study of regulation which is no longer confined to the domain of low politics, populated by technocrats, but is scrutinised by elected politicians, and the subject of the front pages rather than the financial pages. The author sets the British regulatory tradition in a wider context, both spatially, in terms of the challenges presented by Europeanisation, and temporally, critically analysing the process of crisis construction in the narratives of neoliberalism and participatory democracy in the contemporary era.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel¬†Fitzpatrick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

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