The changing character of public inquiries in the (risk) regulatory state

Burgess, Adam (2011) The changing character of public inquiries in the (risk) regulatory state. British Politics, 6 (1). pp. 3-29. ISSN 1746-918X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2010.15) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article historically considers major public inquiries as an institution of the British regulatory state, using recent data from parliamentary committees. Major inquiries draw upon judicial independence to restore political authority. Despite their formally ‘public’ character, major inquiries were more confined to matters internal to the state before the 1980s, reflecting the insularity of ‘club rule’ and the invisibility of the actual ‘public’. Inquiries began to assume their modern form in the 1960s, but it was in the context of the need for new institutions that arose with the collapse of ‘club rule’ that inquiries took on new significance. Their increased use reflects not simply an increase in the number of events necessitating such a response, but a greater need for a mechanism with both a public orientation and formal independence. The article suggests that inquiries may have become overburdened instruments, particularly in relation to an expectation to effectively eliminate risk.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: public inquiries; risk; regulatory state; club rule
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 10:19 UTC
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34555 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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