Regulation, stability and change: Reflections on the UK and Sweden


  • Robert MacKenzie Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.
  • Miguel Martinez Lucio University of Manchester.


regulation, employment, Sweden, regulatory space


Despite the impact of neo-liberal agendas, the issue of regulation remains central to our understanding of economic processes, and particularly employment. The concept of regulation is often reduced to a narrowly defined set of functions performed by the state. However, processes of regulation involve a much wider range of sites and actors, within and beyond the boundaries of the state. This paper presents a framework for the analysis of the panoply of regulatory actors and the complex relations between them, including the shifting boundaries between regulatory spaces. The paper concludes with some illustrative examples of shifting regulatory structures within Sweden.


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