Regulatory Domain and Regulatory Dexterity: Critiquing the UK Governance of ‘Fracking’

26 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2016

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

This article provides a critique of the UK government's regulatory response to ‘fracking’. It shows how government has adopted two distinct schemas of regulation, which may usefully be classified under the headings ‘regulatory domain’ and ‘regulatory dexterity’. These schemas rely on very different interpretive conventions and are in many ways contradictory. Yet, government uses both ‘domain’ and ‘dexterity’ arguments simultaneously in order to advance its policy in favour of fracking. The article explains how two seemingly different regulatory approaches work together towards the same policy goal, and highlights the role of law in facilitating technological development.

Keywords: Regulation, law, technology, energy, fracking, shale gas

Suggested Citation

Stokes, Elen, Regulatory Domain and Regulatory Dexterity: Critiquing the UK Governance of ‘Fracking’ (November 2016). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 79, Issue 6, pp. 961-986, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2873991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12226

Elen Stokes (Contact Author)

Cardiff University ( email )

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Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

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