A New Order? Constituting Health and Safety

  • Paul AlmondEmail author
  • Mike Esbester


This chapter examines four core components of the constitutional legitimacy of health and safety, relating to the legal and political bases on which it is based and undertaken. It shows how health and safety has been shaped by the new legal framework and institutional regulatory arrangements that have been created since 1960 to direct activity in this area, and the fundamental challenges of accountability and clarity that they have posed. It also considers the contributions of, and challenges posed by, central government within the United Kingdom, and the European Union (EU), to the legitimacy of health and safety. In each case, complex institutional trade-offs are explored which demonstrate the interlinked strengths and weaknesses of health and safety’s relationship to ideas of legality, accountability, and due process.


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  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Area Studies, History, Politics and LiteratureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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