The Regulation of Responsibilities

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 51)


The transfer of tasks and powers from central government bodies to decentral bodies and (quasi-)market organisations implies the creation of different control relations. Based on the observation in the previous chapter that it is difficult to predict the consequences of institutional changes, this study seeks various control mechanisms which show the conditions under which the state and social actors will interact with each other after reorganisation1. Control mechanisms denote the principles which determine how the control of the decision making is organised. At the same time, these principles determine how the coordination between supply and demand will occur. This chapter will explain why an instrumental approach, which could result in the detailed analysis of various control methods, was not chosen. Based on the difference between organising and steering control relations, theoretically different control dimensions are revealed. By means of this distinction, an individual definition of the institution concept and its position in relation to other disciplines and the individual field of study is determined (section 2.2).


Public Authority Economic Regulation Government Conditioning Market Regulation Control Relation 
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