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Library of the University of Amsterdam (Potgieterzaal C0.01). Title: "Understanding Responsive Regulation’s Influence".

Event details of ACLE Compliance and Enforcement Seminar: Peter Mascini (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
Date 8 October 2012
Time 11:45 -13:15
Location Universiteitsbibliotheek
Room Library of the University of Amsterdam - Potgieterzaal C0.01


Although responsive regulation includes much more than the enforcement pyramid, it is the pyramid that has received most attention from academics and practitioners. This is despite the fact that the implementation of the strategy of gradual escalation has proved challenging in many respects. Why has the enforcement pyramid been so attractive? Apart from its scholarly and policy usefulness, this paper suggests it appeals to practitioners because it provides a theoretical endorsement of the professional autonomy to which practitioners aspire. It was and is still appealing to scholars because it provides a practical means to improve regulation which is congruent with the dominant neoliberal reflex to depoliticize the regulation of capitalist economies. All in all, because responsive regulation has very largely been reduced to the enforcement pyramid, the literature has neglected the normative issues surrounding the regulation of capitalist economies that were central to Ayres and Braithwaite.

The paper Dr. Peter Mascini will present at the Enforcement and Compliance seminar, entitled "Why was the enforcement pyramid so influential? And what price was paid?," has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming special issue of Regulation & Governance: "Twenty Years of Responsive Regulation: An Appreciation and Appraisal."

About the speaker

Dr. Peter Mascini works as associate professor in the sociology department of the faculty of social sciences at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR), The Netherlands. He teaches in the Sociology bachelor program  as well as in the Labor, Organization, and Management Master program. His research focuses on the legitimization, enforcement and implementation of policies in different domains like health and safety, crime fighting, and migration. Mascini primarily assesses the tenability of assumptions underlying specific policy measures. His list of publications can be found at his home page.


Room Library of the University of Amsterdam - Potgieterzaal C0.01

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