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Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulatory Agency

Keith Hawkins


This is a book about the life of the legal system. Its object is to illustrate a way of thinking about decision-making using the example of prosecution cases in a regulatory agency. The study focuses on the processes of the law, rather than occupational health and safety regulation per se, for the way in which prosecution is used in the enforcement of regulation reflects processes generally observable in the legal system. The book addresses the creation and shaping of legal cases and their attrition, and the processes involved in prosecuting. It develops and applies a theory of decision-making ... More

Keywords: legal decision-making, discretion, health and safety, legal actors, legal bureaucracies, legal processes, prosecution, regulation, enforcement, criminal justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243891
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Hawkins, author
Oriel College, University of Oxford