Analysing charity regulation in 8 different jurisdictions
What is it about?
We attempt to unpick the extent to whcih the increased charity regulation in different jurisdictions is driven by public interest or public choice theories. Public interest theory arguments suggest that regulation could increase philanthropy through enhancing public trust and confidence in charities. On the other hand, public choice theory argues that regulators seek to maximize political returns, ‘manage’ charity-government relationships, and reduce potential regulatory capture.
Why is it important?
Analysing different regulatory regimes using these two regulatory theories helps us to perceive the relative costs and benefits of different regulatory regimes which should reduce regulatory inefficiency and balance accountability and transparency demands against benefits charities receive from regulation. Also, by reviewing the different regimes, we can see how the variety of charity regulation reflects the culture within countries as well as regional differences.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Carolyn J Cordery