WINIR Workshop on
Regulation & the Common Good
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
18 October 2023
For better or for worse, in a range of policy areas — from business and finance to the environment, as well as public services and health — justifications for regulation are framed either in the language of market failure or its counterpart government failure. By contrast, the point of departure of much socio-legal scholarship is the recognition that societal issues cannot be reduced to this dichotomy. In such socio-legal work, we find non-economic explanatory frameworks for regulation are important, based on a broader conception of the common good.
The extent to which this scholarship has fed through into policy development is unclear. Alternative regulatory justifications — grounded in non-economic values (cultural, social, environmental, and so on) — appear still to lack sufficiently robust frameworks. This as an area of regulatory studies that requires further (and continuing) development, and has special relevance given modern regulatory experiences and challenges, including but not limited to: the UK’s “levelling up” policy agenda, Covid-19 lockdowns, digital markets, and the climate emergency.
David Barrett (University of Exeter, UK)
Julia Black (London School of Economics, UK)
Richard Craven (University of Sheffield, UK)
Andromachi Georgosouli (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Sabrina Germain (City, University of London, UK)
Arwen Joyce (University of Leicester, UK)
Tony Prosser (University of Bristol, UK)
Sharifah Sekalala (University of Warwick, UK)
Jodi Short (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
Adam White (University of Sheffield, UK)
The event also features an Early-Career Research Rountable with: Jonathan Carrington (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, UK), Anna Hinder (Australian National University, Australia), Caroline Redhead (University of Manchester, UK) and Inga Rademacher (City University of London, UK).
Registration: free, open to all
Organizer: Richard Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org).