Pursuing Trust in Environmental Regulatory Interactions: The Significance of Inspectors’ Interactions with the Regulated Community
Administration & Society
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.
Pautz, Michelle C. and Wamsley, Carolyn Slott, "Pursuing Trust in Environmental Regulatory Interactions: The Significance of Inspectors’ Interactions with the Regulated Community" (2012). Political Science Faculty Publications. 9.