Self-Regulation versus Command and Control? Beyond False Dichotomies

Darren Sinclair

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    The search for regulatory alternatives to command and control has led many commentators to promote, or at least contemplate, the use of self‐regulation to improve the environmental performance of industry. However, much of the current debate has been characterized by a choice between two mutually exclusive policy options: “strict” command and control on one hand, and “pure” self‐regulation on the other. In fact, there is a much richer range of policy options, with most falling somewhere between theoretically polar extremes. This article demonstrates that there are a number of “regulatory variables” which policymakers can use to “fine‐tune” regulatory options to suit the specific circumstances of particular environmental issues. In the vast majority of circumstances, a combination of self‐regulation and command and control will provide the ideal regulatory outcome.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCorporate Environmentalism and the Greening of Organizations
    Editors John M Jermier
    Place of PublicationLos Angeles, USA
    PublisherSage Publications
    ISBN (Print)9780857025715
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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