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The New Public ContractingRegulation, Responsiveness, Relationality$
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Peter Vincent-Jones

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291274.001.0001

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Regulation and Governance

Regulation and Governance

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(p.69) 3 Regulation and Governance
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The New Public Contracting
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Peter Vincent-Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291274.003.0003

This chapter lays the foundations of the socio-legal regulation perspective which informs the substantive investigation of administrative contracts, economic contracts, and social control contracts. It focuses on the necessarily limited capacities of the state in achieving regulatory goals, and on the vocabularies, technologies, and techniques through which power is exercised in contemporary societies. It demonstrates how the New Public Contracting operates by rendering responsible or ‘responsibilizing’ social agents through contractual commitments and obligations undertaken across a whole range of administrative, economic, and social relationships.

Keywords:   socio-legal regulation, administrative contracts, economic contracts, social control contracts, New Public Contracting

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