Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The concept of a regime evokes a system of social control. Simply, a regime refers to an institution with a clear substantive and geographical remit, bound by explicit rules, and agreed on by governments. So, the concept is often preceded by a spatial adjective—international, national, or urban, for example—referring to the area over which it has jurisdiction and can be used to refer to all manner of substantive remits over which it has control—development, environment, labor, trade, and so on. A more detailed definition documents the means through which an institution forms. The emphasis is on the principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures around which the expectations ...