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date: 28 June 2022

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This chapter focuses on Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate (1992), a book by Ian Ayres and John Braithwaite that occupies a prominent place in the field of regulation. Combining law and economics with socio-legal studies, the book deals with a dynamic and gradual sanctioning regime known as the enforcement pyramid and favors the inclusion of third-party actors. This chapter considers the intellectual background and central argument of Responsive Regulation before assessing its overall contribution. It then examines three themes that are central to the book: the role of inspectors and their enforcement strategies, the importance of discretionary decision-making, and the role of regulatee motivations. Finally, it discusses some criticisms of Responsive Regulation and the immediate responses to them.

Keywords: Responsive Regulation, Ian Ayres, John Braithwaite, public policy, regulation, sanctioning regime, enforcement pyramid, inspectors, discretionary decision-making, regulatee motivations

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