Measuring Compliance in the Age of Governance: How the Governance Turn Has Impacted Compliance Measurement by the State

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Since the 1980s, the governance of business behavior in Western societies has been characterized by a move away from state-centered hierarchical forms of governance to networks of governance which include a wide variety of public and private actors. This chapter illustrates how this so-called governance turn has impacted compliance measurement by the state. The chapter begins by outlining the characteristics of the turn to governance and the questions this raises for the measurement of compliance by the state. The chapter is subsequently organized around two key issues: 1) What is it that we measure when we measure compliance? and 2) The reliability, magnitude, and ownership of the data used. Drawing on examples of certification and the global anti-money laundering regime, each section discusses how the governance turn has made compliance measurement by regulatory authorities more challenging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeasuring Compliance
Subtitle of host publicationAssessing Corporate Crime and Misconduct Prevention
EditorsMelissa Rorie, Benjamin van Rooij
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108770941
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Research programs

  • SAI 2005-04 MSS

Erasmus Sectorplan

  • Sectorplan Recht-Public and Private Interests

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