Hybridity in action: Accountability dilemmas of public and for-profit food safety inspectors in Switzerland

Thomann, Eva; Sager, Fritz (2017). Hybridity in action: Accountability dilemmas of public and for-profit food safety inspectors in Switzerland. In: Verbruggen, Paul; Havinga, Tetty (eds.) Hybridization of food governance: trends, types and results (pp. 100-118). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 10.4337/9781785361708.00013

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This chapter gives an empirical account of output performance in the
hybrid implementation arrangement that characterizes the Swiss food
safety sector. It makes three original contributions. First, as Havinga and
Verbruggen point out, ‘governance is more than rule making’. We analyse
how the interconnected processes of hybridized implementation, monitoring
compliance and enforcement affect the achievement of policy goals
at the frontline. Second, conceptually, we highlight the importance of
multiple roles and accountabilities of both public and for-profit frontline
enforcement agents (street-level bureaucrats) for understanding the effects
of hybridization. Third, we scrutinize the regulation of veterinary drugs
use for livestock in primary production – an under-researched but crucial
aspect in addressing the risks to food safety presented by animal diseases
and antibiotic resistance.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Thomann, Eva and Sager, Fritz


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science




Edward Elgar




Deborah Anna Fritzsche

Date Deposited:

03 Apr 2018 14:54

Last Modified:

12 Sep 2019 09:57

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