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Retailing and the regulatory state: a case study of lap dancing clubs in the UK

Peter Jones (Peter Jones is the Deputy Dean of the University of Gloucestershire Business School, Cheltenham, UK.)
Peter Shears (Peter Shears is Director of Continuing Professional Development at the Business School at Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK.)
David Hillier (David Hillier is Head of Geography at the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK.)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 1 April 2003



During the past decade research into retail regulation has become one of the key themes in the “new retail geography” but most of the work in this genre has been focussed on the retailing of goods and more particularly on food retailing. This paper is based in the retail services sector and provides a case study of local authority regulation of lap dancing clubs within the UK. The paper outlines the characteristics of lap dancing clubs, examines some of the issues that have influenced and informed the planning and licensing policies and regulations affecting such clubs, and discusses some of the issues raised by the regulation process.



Jones, P., Shears, P. and Hillier, D. (2003), "Retailing and the regulatory state: a case study of lap dancing clubs in the UK", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 214-219.




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