Abstract and Keywords
This article concentrates on the crisis in the historical system: the extent to which it has been replaced by arrangements based more on the command of law; and the limits that are being experienced by this command system. It also demonstrates at the end that the turn to command is in key respects both unexpected and dysfunctional; it arises from the unavailing struggle of social actors to cope with crisis. A key implication of the article is that agency has mattered less in these developments than accident, unanticipated consequences, and fate. It then presents changes in the British system of self-regulation by focusing on three key cases: financial regulation; the regulation of the school system; and the regulation of medicine. The command revolution has been attempted in circumstances where there are powerful functional pressures, and powerful economic interests, pressing for a different regulatory style.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.