Understanding Regulation

Regulation and deregulation described, explained and analysed.

Regulation protects the weak and vulnerable. Regulation protects the environment. But regulation costs time and money. And it makes illegal that which would otherwise be legal. Regulation is therefore always controversial, and it can be very complex.

Regulation is also a huge part of government, but it hardly features in civil service training. And regulatory failure can be catastrophic - the financial crisis, Stafford hospital, Grenfell Tower.

This website accordingly explores current regulatory issues and describes current best practice. Its author was formerly Chief Executive of the UK's Better Regulation Executive and then the Competition Commission.