The inbetweeners: Reflecting on the ordinary life of risk managers between regulation and operation

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In view of the importance of risk management in regulation, this article focuses on a vital but still underexposed element in regulatory governance studies: the role of risk managers and their influence on regulatory effectiveness. Risk managers occupy a unique position between regulation and operation.This paper provides an overview of how this linking-pin role of risk managers is perceived according to classic organization and regulation literatures. Literature and empirical research reveal four roles of risk managers: risk managers as supporting staff, risk managers as professionals, risk managers as boundary spanners, and risk managers as agents in regulatory communities.Each type of risk manager has his own strategies to manage the coupling, i.e. translating policies to practices, tailoring policies to practices, explaining and framing policies and practices, and joint (re)interpretation of policies and practices. The results of an empirical study on risk managers in two Dutch sectors illustrates these roles play a role in ordinary life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of RegGov2016
Subtitle of host publicationECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance Sixth Biennial Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventECPR Standing Group of Regulation and Governance - Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016


ConferenceECPR Standing Group of Regulation and Governance


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