• PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
  • Chapter 1: Introduction and Research Objectives
  • 1.1. Background and Aims
  • 1.2. Defining ‘Regulation’
  • 1.3. Defining ‘Business Performance’ and ‘Growth’
  • 1.4. Research and Policy Context
  • 1.5. A New Approach to Studying the Impact of Regulation on Small Business Performance
  • 1.6. Structure of the Report
  • Chapter 2: Explaining the Impact of Regulation on Business Performance
  • 2.1. Introduction
  • 2.2. Regulation Generates Enabling, Motivating and Constraining Influences
  • 2.3. Direct and Indirect Regulatory Influences
  • 2.4. The Necessary Role of Agency in Mediating the Influence of Regulation on Business Performance
  • 2.5. Internal and External Conditions Mediate the Impact of Regulation on Business Performance
  • 2.6. Summary
  • PART TWO: BUSINESS OWNER RESPONSES TO REGULATION
  • Chapter 3: An Explanatory Account of Regulation and Business Performance: Face-to-face Interviews
  • 3.1. Introduction
  • 3.2. Methods, Data and Sampling
  • 3.3. Regulation and the Market Mechanism
  • 3.4. Enabling and Motivating Regulatory Influences
  • 3.5. Constraining Regulatory Influences
  • 3.6. Regulation Generates Multiple Influences
  • 3.7. Adapting to Regulatory Change
  • 3.8 Summary
  • Chapter 4: Attitudes to Regulation and Business Characteristics and Performance: Evidence from the Telephone Survey
  • 4.1. Introduction
  • 4.2. The Telephone Survey: Sampling Approach and Sample Characteristics
  • 4.3. Owner-managers’ Perceptions of Regulation
  • 4.4. Managing Regulation
  • 4.5. Regulation-Handling Capacity is Crucial
  • 4.6. Sources of Advice on Regulation
  • 4.7. Regulation and Innovation
  • 4.8. Regulation and Business Growth: Does Regulation Constrain or Enable Business Growth?
  • 4.9. Regulation and Management Characteristics
  • 4.10. Summary
  • PART THREE: THE IMPACT OF REGULATION ON BUSINESS PERFORMANCE: A MULTIVARIATE APPROACH
  • Chapter 5: Unravelling the Relationship between Regulation and Business Performance
  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Multiple Voices on Regula