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RR638 The determinants of compliance with laws and regulations with special reference to health and safety

This report presents a review of the extensive body of socio-legal literature that exists to explain and understand the nature of compliance with regulation. It outlines how compliance has been seen in both academic and policy fields in order to describe and explain:

  1. those themes important to assessing the determinants of compliance including the motivations for and interpretations of compliance behaviours;
  2. how the literatures define compliance;
  3. how scholars have identified the tools available to foster more effective regulatory compliance and enforcement strategies; and
  4. those difficulties policy actors experience when seeking to achieve greater levels of regulatory compliance. The report draws extensively upon literature outside the domain of health and safety as a basis for understanding that area.

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Updated 2010-03-19