From 'command-and-control' to 'open method coordination': theorising the practice of regulatory agencies

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The role of regulatory agencies has increased rapidly over the last century and so too has their powers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, as one of Australias main economic regulator, is a good illustration of these changes. Using the ACCC as an example, this article explores some of these changes to governance strategies that have occurred over the last four decades and the role of regulatory theory in contextualising these changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalMacquarie law journal
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Publisher version archived with the permission of the Dean, Division of Law, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.


  • ACCC
  • regulatory strategies
  • open method coordination
  • restorative justice
  • responsive regulation
  • democratic experimentalism


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