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The social face of the Regulatory StateReforming public services in Europe$
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Sandra Eckert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090318

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090318.001.0001

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The social face of the regulatory state

The social face of the regulatory state

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The social face of the Regulatory State

Sandra Eckert

Manchester University Press

Chapter three revisits Majone’s seminal thesis about the transition from a positive to a regulatory state, discussing the assumed shift from redistribution to social regulation on the one hand, and from political to independent regulation on the other hand. It is argued that regulation does not actually replace redistributive policies, and that independent regulatory agencies may assume very different roles in the fields of economic and social regulation. What the transition towards the regulatory state implies for organised interests is addressed in a separate section, paying particular attention to the interests of businesses, consumers and employees. The chapter concludes by developing a governance perspective on social regulation that links back to the varieties of capitalism typology presented in chapter two.

Keywords:   corporatism, governance, independent regulatory agencies, public service, redistribution, regulation, regulatory state

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