Regulation as Intervention: How Regulatory Design Can Affect Practices and Behaviours in the Workplace

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Part of the Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse and Harassment book series (HWBEAH, volume 3)


This chapter explores the ways in which regulatory measures affect workplace practices that contribute to or impede the development of workplace bullying. It begins with an examination of the concept of regulation, looking at regulation by the state, as well as by non-state actors that perform a regulatory function. In the second part, to illustrate the concept of regulation as an intervention, we will draw on experiences from the implementation of the legal regime in Québec to show how a regulatory regime can lead to the mobilization of different categories of actors to perform different types of activities in and outside the workplace. The third part of this chapter provides a synthesis of the issues that need to be discussed in the choice of regulatory instruments, to ensure that the legal environment promotes practices that are known to have a positive impact on the workplace and concretely contribute to the reduction of the causes of workplace bullying and harassment.


Québec Regulation Intervention Effects of legislation Trade union Psychosocial risk factors Workers’ compensation Occupational Health and Safety Mental health Inspectorates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section), Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety LawUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Département des sciences juridiquesUniversité du Québec à MontréalQCCanada

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