The British Regulatory State under the Coalition Government: Volatile Stability Continued

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  • MARTIN LODGE

    1. Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the Department of Government and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics.
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Abstract

What have been the effects of coalition government on the British regulatory state? This article argues that the politics of regulation have been largely about a continuation of existing patterns, namely volatile stability rather than more far-reaching change. The British regulatory state continues to be defined by boundary conflicts between the world of ‘politics’ and ‘regulation’, by conflicting calls for centralisation and decentralised autonomy, and by tensions between the wish to ‘reduce’ regulation and the realisation of inherent complexities.

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