Three Theories of Regulatory Compliance

There are three theories of regulatory compliance that I would like to introduce and probably will spend some time describing in future blog posts but for the time being let me just introduce them.

The three theories of regulatory compliance are the following: Responsive regulation (Ayers & Braithwaite, 1992); Socio-economic (Sutinen & Kuperan, 1999); and Diminishing returns (Fiene, 2019). These three theories help to provide the basic parameters of regulatory compliance within regulatory science. Each deals with a specific parameter of regulatory compliance when it comes to approaches, measurement, and analyses. A great deal has been written about each of these theories by viewing the many search engines available to regulatory scientists and licensing researchers.

For the interested regulatory scientist and/or licensing researcher, I would suggest beginning with the three publications below as a starting point:

Ayers, I. & Braithwaite, J. (1992). Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sutinen, J.G. and Kuperan, K. (1999) A Socio-Economic Theory of Regulatory Compliance. International Journal of Social Economics, 26, 174-193.

Fiene, R. (2019). A treatise on Regulatory Compliance. Journal of Regulatory Science, Volume 7, 2019. https://doi.org/10.21423/jrs-v07fiene

About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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