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Governing by Numbers: Delegated Legislation and Everyday Policy-Making

Edward C. PageProfessor of Politics, University of Hull

ISBN13: 9781841132075
ISBN: 1841132071
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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An account of how delegated legislation - laws that do not pass through the full legislative scrutiny to which Acts of Parliament are subjected - is made. It is based on research involving an analysis of nearly 30,000 pieces of delegated legislation; detailed investigation of 46 recent regulations based on in-depth interviews with those involved in developing, writing and scrutinizing them and a major survey of nearly 400 interest groups. Delegated legislation is examined as a form of ""everyday policy-making"". It deals with important issues, from the level of welfare benefits to weapons exports, animal health and the prevention of air pollution, yet has been largely ignored in studies of the British political and administrative system. This book analyzes the distinctive character of everyday policy-making and the implications of how it works for our understanding of British democracy.

Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Drafting
Part 1 Politics in seclusion: but is it politics?
it's politics, but not as we know it
the character of secluded politics
moving out of seclusion
illuminating the obscurity.
Part 2 Examining the instrument: what are statutory instruments?
not new, but increasingly important
how SIs are made - the formalities
court and delegated legislation
Part 3 The stuff of everyday politics: reading the labels
subjects covered and ministries concerned
political action and SIs
high politics, low politics and SIs
how much of political importance is involved and delegated legislation?.
Part 4 The origins of regulations: different types of SI
where do the initiatives come from?
Part 5 Ministers on top: what gets referred to ministers and when
delegated legislation - the domain of the junior minister
the nature of ministerial involvement
the muffled impact of parties
Part 6 Drafting SIs - the joint effort of administrators and lawyers: administrators' roles
lawyers' roles
Part 7 Consulting outside interests: contrasting consultative processes
is consultation inclusive?
responding to consultations
Part 8 The discreet impact of parliamentary scrutiny: the joint committee on statutory instruments
scrutiny of policy
assessing the impact of parliament
Part 9 Everyday politics and high politics: understanding everyday government
forms of bias
the relationship between everyday and high politics
governing in a nether world