Too Much, Too Little, Too Hard to Understand?
Regulators are now a vital and powerful part of the public sector. But there have been some dreadful regulatory failures, and the burden of regulation is getting heavier, not only for business but also for the police, teachers etc. - and for taxpayers who have to foot the bill. Are we over-protecting our children? And is 'the regulatory state' now too powerful?
This website aims to provide information about, and to analyse, these issues. It focuses on regulation in the UK and is written for the general public, journalists, civil servants, students and other non-experts. It therefore seeks to avoid technicality, whilst offering broadly accurate information and a balanced range of views.
You might like to begin by reading this introduction to all the various forms of regulation and regulator.
For more detail, the main sections of this website are described below, and can be accessed via the links on the right, and there is a detailed index here.
This section looks at the key issues that might be considered during regulators' Effectiveness Reviews, including regulators' accountability and independence, the regulation of large organisations, recent failures of regulation and what might be done to make sure they don't happen again.
- Introduction to Regulators and Regulation.
- Financial Services
- Energy Prices
- Paying for the Third Runway
- Consumer Protection
- Nudging & Behavioural Economics.
An Introduction to UK Competition Policy (especially for economics students) is here.