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The Paradox of Regulation: How 'Never Again' turns into 'Oh No!'



In the aftermath of disaster, regulatory reform heralds a new beginning. Reforms to legislation, regulation, policies and procedures embody a promise of learning from the past to prevent catastrophe in the future. This promise rests on a clear sighted analysis of what went wrong and how to ensure future risk of reoccurrence is reduced or eliminated. Yet, the connection between risk and regulation is complex and deserves greater scrutiny. Through theoretical analysis and empirical research into the aftermath of industrial disasters, terrorist attacks and financial collapse Fiona Haines’ shows how regulation attempts to reduce risks beyond their stated remit of preventing future disaster. A complex nexus between risk and regulation is revealed where successful regulation depends on managing three fundamentally different types of risk: actuarial, socio-cultural and political. This multifaceted risk management task infuses both reform and compliance efforts, often generating tension and paradoxical outcomes. Nonetheless, her research suggests that enhancing political legitimacy and public reassurance are central, not peripheral, to successful regulation.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 | 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Brown Theatre, Ground Floor, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building (193), The University of Melbourne

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Registration closes on Thursday 19 April 2012.

Contact Erin Eades in the School of Social and Political Sciences at or (03) 8344 6564.

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