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Definitions[]

Regulations are

[r]ules issued by an executive authority, such as a government department or agency in the Executive Branch, to carry out the intent of the law.[1]
mandatory requirements developed by policymakers that are specified by law and are enforceable by the government.[2]

Overview[]

A regulation is administrative legislation that constitutes or constrains rights and allocates responsibilities. It can be distinguished from primary legislation (by an elected legislative body) on the one hand and judge-made law on the other. Regulation can take many forms: legal restrictions promulgated by a government authority, self-regulation by an industry such as through a trade association, social regulation (e.g. norms), co-regulation, or market regulation. One can consider regulation as actions of conduct imposing sanctions, such as a fine, to the extent permitted by law.

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