An analytical framework for employment regulation: investigating the regulatory space
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Cristina Inversi, Lucy Ann Buckley, Tony Dundon, (2017) "An analytical framework for employment regulation: investigating the regulatory space", Employee Relations, Vol. 39 Issue: 3, pp.291-307, https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-01-2016-0021
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to advance a conceptual analytical framework to help explain employment regulation as a dynamic process shaped by institutions and actors. The paper builds on and advances regulatory space theory.Design/methodology/approach - The paper analyses the literature on regulatory theory and engages with its theoretical development.Findings - The paper advances the case for a broader and more inclusive regulatory approach to better capture the complex reality of employment regulation. Further, the paper engages in debates about the complexity of employment regulation by adopting a multi-level perspective.Research limitations/implications - The research proposes an analytical framework and invites future empirical investigation.Originality/value - The paper contends that existing literature affords too much attention to a (false) regulation vs deregulation dichotomy, with insufficient analysis of other "spaces" in which labour policy and regulation are formed and re-formed. In particular, the proposed framework analyses four different regulatory dimensions, combining the legal aspects of regulation with self-regulatory dimensions of employment regulation.