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Of Manners Gentle

Enforcement strategies of Australian business regulatory agencies

Peter Grabosky and John Braithwaite
ISBN 0 19 554691 1, ISBN 0 19 554690 .3 (pbk.)

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This book shows in a systematic way that Australian business regulatory agencies are of manners gentle. Not only is this reflected in the attitudes of the regulators, it also characterizes their policies and regulatory outcomes such as prosecutions, licence suspensions, plant shutdowns, injunctions, or the informal use of adverse publicity. Litigation or any kind of adversarial encounter with industry is commonly undertaken only as a last resort