Reform and the inspection encounter: How micro-practices compromise meso-policies

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How does the inspection encounter – interactions between inspectors and regulated businesses – affect the implementation of organisational reforms aimed at making inspections more selective and more accountable? Based on a case study of reform within the Dutch Health and Safety Inspectorate (ISZW), our study analyses how inspectors cope with ISZW’s reforms of their work and what this implies for the meaning of these reforms. Our study shows that in the inspection encounter professional values about what good inspection implies, strategic behaviour, and the way in which the work of inspectors is overseen determine if and how inspectors incorporate the reforms in their daily work. Consequently, the ways in which inspectors cope with the reforms in practice compromise the organisational goals of being more selective and accountable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe politics of the public encounter
EditorsPeter Hupe
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 80088 933 0
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022


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