When conducting comparative research on regulation, difficulties in grasping the differences between the regulatory approaches of various countries are frequently encountered. These difficulties can be traced back to an organisational deficit inherent to the scholarly assessments in that field. This defint can be detected in their conceptual fuzziness, which leads to an understanding of regulation that appears to be inadequate with respect to the processes which occur when a legal rule is introduced into a field that it was originally designed to regulate. Here, the concept of organisational fields is introduced as a tool aimed at fadlitating a more adequate understanding of these processes. Organisations as well as their environment become the focus of analysis, whereby their central position within regulatory styles is emphasised. Finally, in the appraisal of organisations and their central status in the regulatory process, it becomes evident that the notion of regulation has to be re-defined.
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