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  • The practice, in some government regulatory agencies, whereby the appointed regulators are drawn from the segments of the private sector that they are assigned to regulate. Such individuals often move back and forth between these regulatory agencies and the affected industries. Critics suggest that such regulators may be doing the bidding of those whom they are meant to be regulating, rather than restraining the antisocial behaviors that may be found in regulated industries. Some jurisdictions have attempted to address this problem by setting minimal time intervals between assignments in the regulatory agencies and the taking of jobs in the regulated industries.

    Alternatively, this is a pattern in which there is a frequent turnover of personnel in a company or organization.


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