Normative Compliance: The Endgame

Caron Beaton-Wells, Feb 14, 2012

One consequence of the overriding focus on deterrence is that it may detract from a focus on compliance. Compliance may be seen as a secondary, or at least a separate concern, of enforcement authorities. Moreover, the relationship between deterrence-oriented enforcement action and compliance, particularly normative compliance, appears rarely to be considered-at least by enforcers. However, there is substantial research to support the view that motivations and behavior in relation to legal compliance are far more complex than this emphasis on deterrence allows for. This research supports the adoption of a broader approach that encompasses a range of strategies, formal and informal, that are employed in contextually sensitive way.

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