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Regulatory Governance

Language:  English
Taking a critical perspective, the book offers an account of the inherent vulnerability of the regulatory state caused by one-sided thinking and the predominance of governing through hard regulation.
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Regulatory Governance incisively analyses the regulatory top-down regimes that are currently dominated globally. How does this way of governance work out? Taking a critical perspective, the book offers an account of the inherent vulnerability of the regulatory state caused by one-sided thinking and the predominance of governing through hard regulation. Steering by governance replaces representative government, followed by a democratic deficit. New Public Management (NPM) is part of this way of govern markets and social life.

Regulatory governance is inclined to eliminate transparency and downgrades the importance of cultural and social forces. In Europe dominates the regulatory state of the European Union, inclusive the Nordic countries.

This state-of-the-art book will be invaluable for students of social and economic studies and will also provide an engaging read for servants and policymakers.

About the author

Noralv Veggeland: Professor of Public Policy at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway. E-mail:

He has been lecturing extensively at national and international academic institutions, and supervised doctorate students, and frequently invited to give lectures to different interest groups and NGOs, and to civil servants and professions responsible for implementing public policies. Contributed several times with research reports to governmental Green papers (NGOs). Through the years reviewed candidates for professor positions, and acted as university appointed opponent to public defence of dissertation nationally and internationally. Published 26 academic books and about 250 titles altogether. The last four authored books: (2007) Paths of Public Innovation in the Global Age: Lessons from Scandinavia. Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing. (2009); Taming the Regulatory State: Politics and Ethics. Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, MA, Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, MA, USA 2009: Edward Elgar Publishing; (edited) Regulatory Approaches Coping with Scandinavian and European Union Policies, New York 2010: Nova Science Publishers; Den nye reguleringsstaten. Idébrytninger og styringskonflikter. Oslo 2010: Gyldendal Akademisk. Styring og reguleringsparadokser. Trondheim 2012 Tapir Akademiske Forlag.Essays on Regulatory Governance. New York 2013. Nova Science Publishers.

Also been invited academic visitor to European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Visiting professor - lecturer/instructor/supervisor to a doctoral class at ‘Center for Public Policy Administration’ (CPPA), University of Massachusetts, USA. Visiting professor – lecturer/instructor summer semester at University of Odessa, Ukraine, funded by the Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute.

  1. Economic and Social Stabilization in a Nordic Context
    1. The Nordic Model
    2. Social capital
    3. A comparison of social models
    4. The value of collective state action
    5. Social capital of the Nordic macro type
    6. The threat of non-maintenance
  2. Regulatory Welfare Trade-offs
    1. The emergence of the regulatory state
    2. Regulatory welfare state tradition and models
    3. Welfare-state models and regulatory innovation
    4. Regulatory trade-offs
    5. European regulatory trade-offs
  3. Distributed Public Governance: Does democracy work?
    1. Subsidiarity
    2. Vagueness on purpose
    3. Two hypotheses
    4. State formation and administrative traditions
    5. The notions of Distributed Public Governance
    6. Regionalization
    7. Conclusions
  4. Defining Democracy
    1. Democratic models
    2. Subsidiarity; democratic approach or just distributed public governance?
    3. Making the EU competence more democratic through subsidiarity
    4. Confirmation of two hypotheses
    5. State formation and democratic traditions
    6. Territorial size and distributed public governance within the framework of subsidiarity
    7. The New Democracy and its mechanisms
  5. Regulatory Petroleum Governance: The Norwegian Case
    1. The emergence of the Norwegian petroleum sector
    2. The arrival of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global
    3. Ethical Guidelines
    4. Vulnerability and risk analysis of the Norwegian Pension Fund – Global
    5. What does Norway get out of the GPF-G? The dilemma; foreign investments versus domestic investments
    6. What does Norway get out of the GPF-G? – The dilemma; negative ethical exclusion versus positive selection
  6. The political-economy background of the contemporary crisis
    1. Neo-interventionism and neo-Keynesianism of today
    2. Principles of the pre-Keynesian state
    3. The political economy of the interventionist Keynesian state
    4. In the shadow of the international stagflation crisis
    5. Explanation approaches to the Keynesian economics in crisis
    6. The regulatory state and neo-interventionism
About the Author

Professor Noralv Veggeland