Understanding the Rise of the Regulatory State in the South. Guest Editors: Navroz K. Dubash and Bronwen Morgan
Civil society and the regulatory state of the South: A commentary
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Regulation & Governance
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 362–370, September 2012
How to Cite
Hochstetler, K. (2012), Civil society and the regulatory state of the South: A commentary. Regulation & Governance, 6: 362–370. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2012.01148.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
- Accepted for publication 28 April 2012.
- civil society;
- global South;
- non-state actors;
- regulatory state
The basic rationale of the regulatory state is to insulate certain kinds of decisionmaking from political actors. The main purpose of this commentary is to assess the ways that members of civil society, in fact, often shadow and contest the central actors of the regulatory state, even though they are ostensibly well outside it. I offer three distinctions to help broaden and sharpen analysis of the roles and impact of civil society actors: whether civil society actors have special expertise or not; whether the regulatory state is being put in place or already exists; and whether civil society actions are broadly complementary to, or substitutive of, state action. In discussing each of these, I also explore the consequences of the transfer of the regulatory state to the global South, and the way that change in location shapes both the role and impact of civil society and the regulatory state itself.