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Dr David Horton

Lecturer Law


    Personal Statement

    David was appointed Lecturer in Law at the School of Law and Social Justice in August 2014. Prior to joining the School, David earned his LLB at the University of Sheffield (2003), MA at the University of Manchester (2004) and PhD at the University of Manchester (2013). His doctoral thesis was fully-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and was examined by Professor Jill Peay (London School of Economics) and Mr David Williamson (University of Manchester). The thesis explores the 'age of health care inquiries and investigation' in the context of mental health homicide inquiries; in the era of the 'regulatory state' (i.e., the era of State delegation of public functions), the government 'contracts-out' these inquiries to private experts in order to address complex problems (i.e., health care delivery). The study formulates new understanding of how these inquiries operate - they are spaces of communication that construct health care services is different ways. David has secured a contract with Hart Publishing to publish his monograph on this topic.

    David first-authored an article (with Gary Lynch-Wood) published in Medical Law Review in 2018 entitled 'Rhetoric and Reality: User Engagement and Health Care Reform in England'. He has co-published work on the civil regulation of small and medium-sized firms and has first-authored a forthcoming article (with Gary Lynch-Wood) for Regulation & Governance entitled 'Technocracy, the Market and the Governance of England's National Health Service'. This latest work explores the complex and under-explored regulatory framework supporting the NHS and reveals a picture of governance that is closed, expert-led, market-focused, and unresponsive to those most affected by decisions (ie, patients). This framework, contrary to its ambitions, consolidates technocracy and the market, and raises new questions regarding the purpose of regulatory governance in crucial areas of public life. David is currently developing this theme by conducting research into the regulation and governance of vital industries in the nuclear, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and transport industry.

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