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The Regulatory EnterpriseGovernment, Regulation, and Legitimacy$
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Tony Prosser

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579839.001.0001

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The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency

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The Regulatory Enterprise

Tony Prosser

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies the arguments developed in Chapter 1 to the UK Environment Agency. The origins of the Agency are described, noting how it undertakes both managerial and regulatory functions but with strong internal separation between the two. There is examination of the Agency's relations with central government, with local government, with the European Union and with the economic regulator for water. The Agency's duties are described and there is analysis of its role in protecting environmental rights and in promoting social solidarity through a commitment to sustainability. The Agency's procedures are examined, and the special rights of access to environmental information under European Union law are emphasized.

Keywords:   regulation, environment, sustainability, government, access to information

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