Title

Pursuing Trust in Environmental Regulatory Interactions: The Significance of Inspectors’ Interactions with the Regulated Community

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2012

Publication Source

Administration & Society

Abstract

In environmental policy, the interactions of frontline environmental regulators and their counterparts in the regulated community constitute environmental protection in the United States. The authors offer a framework of the different types of interactions these actors may have with one another based on trust. Kettl and Fiorino, among others, have indicated that trust is a fundamental problem in environmental regulation. Building on these assertions, the authors delve into the extant trust literature and offer a definition of trust and, argue that trust is positive and should be sought in these relationships. The authors develop a framework of relationships between inspectors and facility personnel based on varying degrees of trust and offer testable hypotheses.

Inclusive pages

853-884

ISBN/ISSN

0095-3997

Volume

44

Issue

7

Peer Reviewed

yes