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When Jack gets out of the box: The problems of regulating a global industry

Sampson, Helen ORCID: and Bloor, Michael John 2007. When Jack gets out of the box: The problems of regulating a global industry. Sociology 41 (3) , pp. 551-569. 10.1177/0038038507076623

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This article considers the challenge of regulation across national borders using the example of the shipping industry. It examines the success of different global regulatory strategies in the sector, specifically the implementation of smart regulation and enforced self-regulation. In doing so it draws upon empirical research into the enforcement of labour standards via port-State control in India, Russia and the UK, and the regulation of training in Singapore, Philippines and the UK. It concludes that effective global regulation faces considerable challenges. Within the relatively conducive environment of shipping it finds that smart regulation has been vitiated by perceived inconsistency in inspection practice and that enforced self-regulation has been rendered less effective by cross-national differences in resourcing and regulatory commitment, compounded by the difficulties of paper-based validation. It argues that, in relation to issues of effective global governance, the shipping industry may stand as a critical case.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: enforcement; globalization; port-State control; regulation; shipping; training
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0038-0385
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:25

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