Regulation through titling laws: A case study of occupational regulation
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Author Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Regulation & Governance
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 340–359, September 2008
How to Cite
Carpenter, D. M. (2008), Regulation through titling laws: A case study of occupational regulation. Regulation & Governance, 2: 340–359. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2008.00041.x
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2008
- Accepted for publication 2 June 2008.
- case study;
- interior design;
- occupational licensure;
- occupational regulation;
- titling laws
This case study examines a form of occupational regulation infrequently examined in academic literature – titling laws. These laws regulate who may legally use a phrase, or title, to describe their work to the public. Focusing on the interior design industry, this article demonstrates how industry leaders use titling laws as the first step in a push for full occupational licensure. In so doing, they allege a need for regulation out of concern for public health and safety, but as data in this case study indicate, there appears to be no threat to public health and safety from unregulated interior designers. Instead, designers advocate for increased regulation of their own industry, through the evolution of titling laws to full licensure, due to the benefits it affords them.