Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition: The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition

The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification, 1st Edition

By Bronwen Morgan


294 pages

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Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition explores how economic concepts and tools are reshaping regulatory law. Building on studies that link law - both institutionally and discursively - to the legitimation of economic neo-liberalism, the book charts lawmakers' attempts to justify social welfare regulation in the language imposed by economic theory. It presents new qualitative findings from an ambitious regulatory reform programme targeting over 1,700 pieces of legislation. Bronwen Morgan argues that the interplay between economic discourse and lawmaking does not destroy the possibility of social citizenship; however, the subsequent regulatory conversations frequently silence or weaken the claims of vulnerable groups. Thus, even when vulnerable groups secure instrumental success, economic conceptions of bureaucratic rationality impoverish their capacity to express certain kinds of intangible values and aspirations. To expand or retain social citizenship requires that we learn to conceive of what matters in political economy without relying on the logic of utility or other instrumental rationalities.


Prize: Winner of the Hart/SLSA prize 2004 ’Meta regulation - different ways of seeing how regulatory processes are themselves regulated - is a central contemporary topic in regulatory research. It is also pivotal to an understanding of the transition from the Keynesian welfare state to the new regulatory state. Australian meta-regulatory practice has been internationally influential and Bronwen Morgan provides here the most systematic and intensive study of Australian regulation review processes and its implications for social citizenship. Her account is nuanced and thought-provoking. Those interested in how networks shape policy in states struggling to become more internationally competitive will find the account illuminating.’ Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University, Australia '…an important contribution to the study of regulation and politics…' Public Law '…fascinating…the selection of the Australian case study is well justified and its relationship to other OECD experience carefully explained. The Australian case should be of wide interest to those interested both in national policies of regulatory reform and the adaptation of national regimes to the future requirements of regional and global regimes…' Public Administration 'The author's account of meta-regulation within the Australian system of governance offers a valuable and interesting snapshot of policymaking in practice and the potential, within a federal state, for the bureaucracy to exert significan influence within the regulatory process and, in turn, the potential for its decisions to be influenced by community interests.' European Public Law '…Morgan's thesis is an important one, and the book an interesting and though provoking read.' International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Economic adjudication and the rule of law; Public law and political economy in the Australian administrative state; The contested terrain of regulatory conversation; Agenda-setting and bureaucratic politics; Implementation in competition's shadow; Technocratic citizenship; Appendices: Competition principles agreement; Conduct code agreement; Agreement to implement the national competition policy and related reforms; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Bronwen Morgan, Dr, Harold Woods Research Fellow in Law at Wadham, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK

About the Series

Law, Justice and Power

Law, Justice and Power
To speak about law is always and necessarily to be engaged in a discourse about both justice and power. While law's relationship to justice is everywhere contingent and uncertain, law completely divorced from power is unthinkable. And, while law need not be virtuous to be law, if it had no effect in the world it could hardly be said to merit the name law. Recognizing these facts, the series on Law, Justice and Power takes a broad view of legal scholarship.It publishes books by social scientists, humanists and legal academics which connect an understanding of culture's normative ideals with examination of the complex ways that law works in the world, insist that justice is inseparable from social practices and analyze law as one form of power, one way of constituting, controlling and changing the social world. It focuses on state law as well as law in communities and cultural practices and on identities and their articulation in and through law, on law's power in the taken-for-granted world, on its role in the complex construction of nation and national power and on global developments which today destabilize and transform the meaning and significance of law. The series invites innovative scholarship that crosses disciplinary as well as geographic and temporal boundaries.

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