Society, Regulation and Governance


Society, Regulation and Governance

New Modes of Shaping Social Change?

9781786438379 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Regine Paul, Professor in Political Science, Department of Government, University of Bergen, Norway, Marc Mölders, Alfons Bora, Michael Huber, Law and Society Unit, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany and Peter Münte, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78643 837 9 Extent: 240 pp
Society, Regulation and Governance brings together sociologists, political scientists, legal scholars and historians for an interdisciplinary critical evaluation of alleged ‘new modes’ of social change, specifically risk, publics and participation. The editors’ aim is to refocus scholarly attention on the possibility of intentional social change in contemporary society which underpin all novelty claims in regulation and governance research and practice. This book gives significant insight into the new methods of social change, suiting a wide range of social science academics due to its collaborative nature.

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Society, Regulation and Governance critically appraises the issue of intentional social change through the lens of regulation and governance studies. A twofold understanding of regulation and governance underpins the conceptual and empirical engagement throughout the book. On the one hand, regulation and governance are understood to be innovatively minded. On the other hand the book argues that, at their respective cores, regulation and governance are continuously concerned with how intentional social change can be fostered and what results can be yielded in terms of shaping society.

This book brings together sociologists, political scientists, legal scholars and historians to produce an interdisciplinary critical evaluation of alleged ‘new modes’ of social change, specifically: risk, publics and participation. It makes three key contributions by:

• offering a consolidation and re-appraisal of a debate that has become increasingly vague with its academic and political proliferation

• identifying a uniting conceptual-analytical core between regulation and governance which explains the adaptability and innovation-mindedness of processes of ‘shaping society’

• re-focusing on the ‘essence’ of regulation and governance approaches – intentional modes of social change.

Society, Regulation and Governance will give significant insight into the potential and limits of new methods of social change, suiting a wide range of social science and legal academics due to its collaborative nature.

Critical Acclaim
‘Modern society is shaped in ways that were scarcely thought of a few years ago – and debates on regulation and governance have much work to do if they are to come to grips with new modes and sources of influence such as the new media and transnational engagements. This book makes an incisive contribution to the re-configuring of those debates and will appeal to all who look for an invigorated understanding of regulation, governance and social change.’
– Robert Baldwin, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

‘This book contains excellent chapters on a number of questions concerning regulation and governance. It is especially welcome because of its comparative focus, its use of cutting-edge international theoretical perspectives and its detailed engagement with a series of different social domains. It is an important addition to the literature.’
– Christopher Thornhill, The University of Manchester, UK

‘Society, Regulation and Governance not only sheds new light on but also develops a fundamentally new approach to one of the most essential questions of the social sciences, i.e. how and to what extent societal development can be changed through intentional and directional action. Including both conceptual developments and empirical-historical analyses, the editors and contributors manage to give a comprehensive and highly elaborated answer to an enduring question.’
– Poul F. Kjær, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

‘This collection represents an ambitious attempt to advance international conversations about regulation and governance further. It combines theoretically advanced discussions with careful empirical analysis. This volume is an important addition to the literatures and deserves attention.’
– Martin Lodge, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Contributors: A.-L. Beaussier, A. Bora, E. Carmel, M. Huber, D. Kuchenbuch, M. Mölders, P. Münte, R. Paul, H. Rothstein, J.-F. Schrape, L. Viellechner

Introduction. Society, regulation and governance: new modes of shaping social change?
Regine Paul and Marc Mölders

Part I Society, Regulation and Governance: A Conceptual-Analytical Map
1. Semantics of ruling: reflective theories in regulation, governance and law
Alfons Bora

2. ‘Bringing the social back in’: governance analysis as a mode of enquiry
Emma Carmel

Part II: New Modes of Social Change? ‘Risk’ and ‘Publics’ in Regulation and Governance
3. Risk: new issue or new tool in regulation and governance research?
Regine Paul

4. Why states think about risk differently: the case of workplace safety regulation in France and the UK
Henry Rothstein and Anne-Laure Beaussier

5. Regulating teaching quality: comparing quality regulation in English and German higher education
Michael Huber

6. Governing through transnational arrangements: the case of internet domain allocation
Lars Viellechner

7. Shaping pressure: on the regulatory effects of publicity
Marc Mölders

8. Reciprocal irritations: social media, mass media and the public sphere
Jan-Felix Schrape

Part III: What’s New about New Modes of Social Change in Regulation and Governance? The Case of ‘Participation’
9. The experimentalization of the social: activation, participation and social self-organization as scientific facts in the 1940s
David Kuchenbuch

10. Improving modern society: governing science and technology by engineered participation
Peter Münte

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