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Autonomy and reregulation: explaining dynamics in the Flemish social housing sector

(2016) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. 93(4). p.1068-1083
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Deregulation is often followed by reregulation. This article studies why moves towards autonomy frequently appear to be followed by the imposition of new regulatory controls. Reregulation has two dimensions: the layering of different control mechanisms and the growth of rules within those layers. Using a case study of social housing in Belgium, we study the social mechanisms of professionalization and bureaucratization to explain reregulation. We attribute the layering of rules to a conflict over oversight between the established legal profession and an ascending management profession. We also find that Crozier’s vicious circle of bureaucratization helps to explain the growth of regulation. The legal culture of the Rechtsstaat seems to be a catalyst for both social mechanisms.
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PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE-LAW, REGULATORY STATE, PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, GOVERNMENT, PROFESSIONALIZATION, GOVERNANCE, MECHANISMS, DIFFUSION

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Van Dooren, Wouter, Joris Voets, and Sien Winters. 2016. “Autonomy and Reregulation: Explaining Dynamics in the Flemish Social Housing Sector.” Public Administration 93 (4): 1068–1083.
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Van Dooren, Wouter, Voets, J., & Winters, S. (2016). Autonomy and reregulation: explaining dynamics in the Flemish social housing sector. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 93(4), 1068–1083.
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Van Dooren W, Voets J, Winters S. Autonomy and reregulation: explaining dynamics in the Flemish social housing sector. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. Wiley; 2016;93(4):1068–83.
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Van Dooren, Wouter, Joris Voets, and Sien Winters. “Autonomy and Reregulation: Explaining Dynamics in the Flemish Social Housing Sector.” PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 93.4 (2016): 1068–1083. Print.
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  abstract     = {Deregulation is often followed by reregulation. This article studies why moves towards autonomy frequently appear to be followed by the imposition of new regulatory controls. Reregulation has two dimensions: the layering of different control mechanisms and the growth of rules within those layers.  Using a case study of social housing in Belgium, we study the social mechanisms of professionalization and bureaucratization to explain reregulation. We attribute the layering of rules to a conflict over oversight between the established legal profession and an ascending management profession. We also find that Crozier{\textquoteright}s vicious circle of bureaucratization helps to explain the growth of regulation. The legal culture of the Rechtsstaat seems to be a catalyst for both social mechanisms.},
  author       = {Van Dooren, Wouter and Voets, Joris and Winters, Sien},
  issn         = {0033-3298},
  journal      = {PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION},
  keyword      = {PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT,ADMINISTRATIVE-LAW,REGULATORY STATE,PUBLIC MANAGEMENT,ACCOUNTABILITY,GOVERNMENT,PROFESSIONALIZATION,GOVERNANCE,MECHANISMS,DIFFUSION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1068--1083},
  publisher    = {Wiley},
  title        = {Autonomy and reregulation: explaining dynamics in the Flemish social housing sector},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/padm.12181},
  volume       = {93},
  year         = {2016},
}

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