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NCJ Number: 229831 Find in a Library
Title: Deadly Consensus: Worker Safety and Regulatory Degradation Under New Labour
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:46-65
Author(s): Steve Tombs; David Whyte
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 20
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper documents the vulnerability of the UK workplace safety regime to 'regulatory degradation'.
Abstract: Following a brief overview of this regime, the paper examines the dominant arguments within academic literature on appropriate and feasible regulatory enforcement, arguing that the approaches to regulation thereby advocated have been easily degraded as a result of their compatibility with neo-liberal economic strategy. A subsequent analysis of empirical trends within safety enforcement reveals a virtual collapse of formal enforcement, as political and resource pressures have taken their toll on the regulatory authority. Finally, the paper indicates that the increasing impunity with which employers can kill and injure is particularly problematic as we enter sustained economic recession, and underlines the urgent need for regulatory alternatives. Figures and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Foreign laws; Occupational safety and health; Political influences; Regulations; Regulations compliance; Regulatory agencies
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