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Nicholas Hildyard

parliamentarian or some imaginary group of supremely powerful global or national regulators. They arise from the pressing need to build alliances and to expand political space. They are born not of ‘politics as the art of the possible’ but, in the words of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, of politics as ‘the art of the impossible’ (Žižek 1999, p. 199). This does not preclude making policy demands that are directed at reforming existing institutions; but the interventions needed are those that are intended to change, not take for granted, ‘the very parameters of what is

in Licensed larceny
Stuart Hodkinson

than one local authority area, called the ‘primary authority’ scheme. This involves firms paying one local or public authority to regulate all of its sites nationally, helping to ensure the ‘absence of inspectorial enforcement in the vast SAH.indb 39 30/01/2019 12:44:49 40 Safe as houses majority of its outlets’.62 Overall, research has found that there has been a long-term downward trend in enforcement activity on the part of statutory regulators, with the average workplace expected to see an inspector ‘once every 50 years’.63 As we will now see, this

in Safe as houses
Stuart Hodkinson

. Different parties who might be considered to embody or defend the public interest – residents, elected politicians, courts, regulators and safety authorities – are not able to exercise democratic scrutiny over the decisions and actions taken by the public and private sector partners. I will show that accountability has been specifically designed out of outsourced delivery in three main ways: first, through an extreme form of self-regulation in which the public authority has very little oversight over private sector compliance with the required contractual standards and

in Safe as houses
Analysing the linkages and exploring possibilities for improving health and wellbeing
Warren Smit

, Lyon and Potts, 2007 ). They ‘control the selling space and can therefore exclude others and have wider effects on the vegetable production and marketing system’ (Lyon, 2003 : 20). In Maputo, for example, ‘the market committees provide infrastructure (water, toilets, etc.), maintenance and security services, and organise cleaning in their respective markets … The committees also act as the principal regulators in the markets’ (Lindell, 2008 : 1889). Local governments also usually play a role in managing marketplaces, partially because trader fees can be a

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
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Mapping times
Alex Gekker
Sam Hind
Sybille Lammes
Chris Perkins
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Clancy Wilmott

the map user with them and bringing into being new mobile possibilities. Throughout that period, Google Maps rose to become the de facto mapping platform for millions around the world. Fighting off direct challenges from rival technology companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple (as well as from several regulators and government agencies), Google also contested interventions 4 Time for mapping from the likes of OpenStreetMap (OSM), and acquired an ever-growing number of technology start-ups from Waze to Skybox Imaging, to strengthen its position as the most

in Time for mapping
Christiaan De Beukelaer

decarbonisation of the industry and support millions of seafarers through shipping’s green transition.’ 45 The rate at which the industry is embracing change is encouraging. As a result, the IMO should be feeling the pressure by now. Full decarbonisation is far more urgent than their 2018 ‘initial strategy’ suggested. 46 If they don’t step up soon, they’ll lose their legitimacy and credibility as the global regulator of the shipping industry. 47 Transport & Environment has argued that because ‘parties are to establish “economy

in Trade winds
Stuart Hodkinson

that the works were dangerous and needed to be put right. He immediately called in Corgi gas safety inspectors, who found the works carried out to be seriously defective and a ‘risk to life and property’. They disconnected the gas supply in order to prevent explosion and issued an enforcement notice against United House. Edward then called in Islington council’s own listed-building officer, who compiled a long list of breaches of listed-building regulations and laws. An inspection carried out on behalf of the water safety regulator identified 33 breaches of water

in Safe as houses
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The Myatts Field North PFI horror show
Stuart Hodkinson

standard variable SAH.indb 140 30/01/2019 12:44:58 The Myatts Field North PFI horror show 141 tariffs – which have been widely condemned by politicians, the consumer energy regulator Ofgem and the media as ‘ripping off’ customers, who are urged to switch suppliers to get a better deal.26 The tariff structure also paid no attention to vastly unequal energy needs of the less energy-efficient existing homes and the new-build flats, meaning residents in refurbished homes were paying more than double those in the new-build. Homeowners were particularly cheated, initially

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