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Regulation and Deregulation

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Who decides? The Lawmaker or the Source. The primary characteristic of the process of making a law is who gets to make the decision about whether or not to engage in conduct. Sometimes, a Lawmaker wants to make the decision for the Source. This is called regulation. With regulation, the Source has no choice but the Lawmaker's. At other times, a Lawmaker allows the Source to make the decision himself. This is called deregulation. In deregulation, the Source has autonomy. It is up to the Source to decide.

In the the Periodic Table of the Elements of a Law, we call the permutation of a law in which a Lawmaker makes the decision Regulation and we call the permutation of a law in which a Source makes the decision Deregulation. Regulation is Rows A and C of the Periodic Table of the Elements of a Law and Deregulation is Row B.

The Periodic Table of the Elements of a Law

John Bosco
Project Director
The Legal Literacy Project

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