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Trust in Regulatory Regimes

Edited by Frédérique Six, Associate Professor of Public Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Koen Verhoest, Research Professor in Public Administration, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Within political and administrative sciences generally, trust as a concept is contested, especially in the field of regulatory governance. This groundbreaking book is the first to systematically explore the role and dynamics of trust within regulatory regimes.
Extent: 264 pp
Hardback Price: $125.00 Web: $112.50
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 556 0
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  • Business and Management
  • Business Ethics and Trust
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
Within political and administrative sciences generally, trust as a concept is contested, especially in the field of regulatory governance. This groundbreaking book is the first to systematically explore the role and dynamics of trust within regulatory regimes.

Conceptualizing, mapping and analyzing trust between regulators, regulatees and citizens, expert contributors systematically review the existing empirical research on the role of trust within these relations. Further chapters offer new empirical material, with in-depth case studies covering different regulatory relations, regulatory issues and geographical areas. After scoping the field of inquiry and significantly adding to it, the book concludes with a proposal for a challenging and encompassing agenda for future research on trust in regulatory governance.

Comprehensive and forward thinking, this book will be of interest to academics working in the fields of regulation, sociology, law, political science, public administration and trust. It will also offer a compelling read for practitioners working in the field of regulation.
‘Trust is the cement of regulatory governance. This book clearly contributes to our understanding of how trust operates in this field of public policy. It brings from different angles a comprehensive view of its role in regulatory practices, expanding the available analytical capacities to interpret regulatory interactions and exchanges in contemporary policies. In this sense, the book also introduces a suggestive research agenda on trust and regulation with a very important potential for expanding the field in the coming years.’
– Jacint Jordana, IBEI and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

‘A very rich volume that addresses the important but understudied relationship between trust and regulatory regimes. The book fills a gap in the literature and anyone interested in research on the relations between regulators, regulatees and citizens will find this collection an invaluable and essential source of knowledge and ideas. Theoretically, conceptually and empirically it provides new insights.’
– Per Laegreid, University of Bergen, Norway

‘Trust in regulatory regimes is an excellent book on the role of trust in relations among regulators, regulated organizations, and citizens. . . Trust in regulatory regimes should definitely appear in the bookcase of all researchers and students of public administration and governance: this book convincingly addresses a number of clearly identified academic challenges while making readers want to explore the new avenues of research opened by its contributors.’
– Journal of Trust Research

‘How regulation simultaneously supports and depends on complex and dynamic trust relationships, often by effectively instilling some form of institutionalized distrust, is an intriguing and timely topic that has never been investigated as thoroughly, both conceptually and empirically, as in this fascinating volume.’
– Guido Möllering, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
Contributors: E. Baekkeskov, G. Bouckaert, B. Carter, R.W. Mills, L. Näslund, P. Oomsels, D. Rubenstein Reiss, F. Six, K. Tamm Hallström, H. van der Voort, H. van Ees, K. Verhoest
Contents:

1. Trust in Regulatory Regimes: Scoping the Field
Frédérique Six and Koen Verhoest

2. The Role of Trust in the Regulation of Complex and High-risk Industries: The Case of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Disclosure Programs
Russell W. Mills and Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

3. When the Going Gets Tough: Exploring Processes of Trust Building and Repair in Regulatory Relations
Frédérique Six and Hans van Ees

4. Interorganizational Trust in Flemish Public Administration: Comparing Trusted and Distrusted Interactions Between Public Regulatees and Public Regulators
Peter Oomsels and Geert Bouckaert

5. In Vino Veritas? The Development of Producer Trust and its Market Effects in Regulated French and Italian Quality Wine Markets
Betsy Carter

6. Being Everybody’s Accomplice: Trust and Control in Eco-labelling
Lovisa Näslund and Kristina Tamm Hallström

7. Trust and Cooperation Over the Public-private Divide, an Empirical Study on Trust Evolving in Co-regulation
Haiko Van der Voort

8. Deliberate Trust-building by Autonomous Government Agencies: Evidence from Responses to the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic
Erik Baekkeskov

9. An Agenda for Further Research into the Role of Trust in Regulatory Regimes
Frédérique Six and Koen Verhoest

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