Watching the Detectives: Explaining Regulators’ Roles in the Integration of Sustainable Development in UK Public Services
Dunlop, Claire A.
Public Management Review
Taylor & Francis
This paper examines the role of regulators in the UK in integrating sustainable development into public services. In particular, how can we explain the different ways in which different regulators engage with sustainable development? Drawing on insights from rational choice and sociological institutionalism, the paper explains the responses of the three regulators operating in local government, schools and healthcare. It finds that, central government’s failure both to send out clear signals about how to promote sustainable development and to create incentives to ensure it happens has left the integration of sustainable development mediated by regulators’ organisational norms and professional identities.
This article is based on research funded the Sustainable Development Commission (see Coote et al, 2009). A previous version was presented at the UACES annual conference in Bruges 5-8 September 2010. The authors are grateful to the participants of panel B208, Governance of Sustainability 1 for their constructive comments and feedback. The usual disclaimer applies. Dunlop gratefully acknowledges the support of a Sustainable Development Commission research grant.
This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Public Management Review [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Public Management Review is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/ [DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2011.642564]
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