Devolution and the Regulatory State: Constraints and Opportunities

Aileen McHarg

in The Regulatory State

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593170
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595660 | DOI:
Devolution and the Regulatory State: Constraints and Opportunities

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This chapter examines the UK regulatory state and devolution. The discussion is in two parts. The first part posits a series of potential understandings of the relationship between devolution and the regulatory state; the second part surveys some of the evidence of regulatory divergence and convergence post devolution. The focus is on Scotland, partly because the asymmetric nature of devolution in the UK means that the various devolved governments not only have differing regulatory capacities, but also different historical provenances and trajectories, which might be significant for the development of the regulatory state in each devolved nation. The focus is also on regulation of economic activity by government, broadly defined, rather than individual and social behaviour more generally.

Keywords: UK regulatory state; Scotland; devolution; regulatory state; economic activity

Chapter.  12548 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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