Monday, October 01, 2007
The Intersection of Rights and Regulation
A new book from Ashgate, edited by Bronwen Morgan, inquires about different approaches to regulation and governance. Here is the blurb:
Policy makers and social actors increasingly face inter-related and inter-penetrated levels and realms of governance. The effect is that some of the intuitive contrasts between rights and regulation are no longer tenable. As the essays collected in this volume show, different combinations of rights and regulatory claims serve as barometers of current changes in political economy. These are not only restructuring political space, but also changing the assumed relevance of rights and regulation. Bringing together a range of fresh perspectives on socio-legal scholarship from a variety of disciplines, The Intersection of Rights and Regulations will have worldwide interdisciplinary appeal.
An excerpt from a review by Stuart Scheingold describes: 'This book challenges the conventional wisdom that views rights and regulation as incompatible and irreconcilable instruments of policy, arguing that they are better understood as "overlapping and complementary aspects of…disputing and rule-elaboration." This surprising finding is firmly grounded in the well-theorized original research that this volume presents, ushering in a promising new line of inquiry in socio-legal scholarship.'
In addition to an excellent introductory chapter by Morgan, the chapters explore a range of issues from the perspective of the tensions and complementarities of the rights and regulation framework, such as minority and gender rights, land-use planning, and human rights and policies the World Bank. The second chapter in the book, entitled, Form and substance in labour market policies, is by yours truly. I think the book is great for anyone who researches or teaches in the areas of civil rights, human rights, law and development, and the administrative state.
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But $99.95 for a book of 234 pgs.? Ouch!
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Oct 1, 2007 12:52:50 AM