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1st Edition

Regulating Charities
The Inside Story

ISBN 9780367242916
Published June 6, 2019 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume charity commissioners and leading charity policy reformers from across the world reflect on the aims and objectives of charity regulation and what it has achieved. Regulating Charities represents an insider’s review of the last quarter century of charity law policy and an insight for its future development.

Charity Commissioners and nonprofit regulatory agency heads chart the nature of charity law reforms that they have implemented, with a ‘warts and all’ analysis. They are joined by influential sector reformers who assess the outcomes of their policy agitation. All reflect on the current state of charities in a fiscally restrained environment, often with conservative governments, and offer their views on productive regulatory paths available for the future.

This topical collection brings together major charity regulation actors, and will be of great interest to anyone concerned with contemporary third sector policy-making, public administration and civil society.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Bob Wyatt

Part England and Wales

2. Towards Regulation: Modernising the Original Charity Commission

Richard Fries

3. The Reforming Regulator

Lindsay Driscoll

4. Reflections on Modernising and Reforming Regulation

Sir Stuart Etherington

Part United States of America

5. Challenged Regulators

Marcus Owens

6. Reflections on Challenged Regulators

Elizabeth T. Boris and Cindy M. Lott

Part Canada

7. The Prevention of Harm Regulator

Terry de March

8. Reflections on the Long and Winding Road of Regulation

Bob Wyatt

Part New Zealand

9. The Evanescent Regulator

Trevor Garrett

10. Reflections on Regulatory Accountability

Sue Barker

Part Australia

11. The Digital Regulator

Susan Pascoe

12. Reflections on Birthing a Regulator

Ursula Stephens

Part Conclusion

13. Conclusion

Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Bob Wyatt

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Myles McGregor-Lowndes is a professor and the founding Director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the QUT Business School, Australia.

Bob Wyatt is executive director of The Muttart Foundation, a private Canadian foundation that has engaged in issues of charity regulation for more than two decades.