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.

The United Kingdom has a well-deserved reputation for sensible regulation. It was an innovator in deregulation and economic regulation.  But there have also been some dreadful regulatory failures - the financial crisis, Stafford Hospital, Grenfell Tower.  And the burden of regulation remains heavy,.  So is 'the regulatory state' now too powerful - or not powerful enough?

This website 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.

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