Reining in the executive? Delegation, evidence, and parliamentary influence on environmental public policy

Russel, Duncan, Turnpenny, John and Rayner, Tim (2013) Reining in the executive? Delegation, evidence, and parliamentary influence on environmental public policy. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31 (4). pp. 619-632. ISSN 0263-774X

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Abstract

With this paper we explore the potential of committees in parliamentary systems of government to influence environmental public policy making. We draw on delegation theory to argue that parliamentary committees are crucial ex post mechanisms used by the legislature (the principal) to monitor the activities of the executive (its agent). To examine this relationship in depth, we focus on the United Kingdom's Environmental Audit (select) Committee (EAC), which is an innovation as the world's first cross-cutting environmental parliamentary committee. We find that delegation theory provides fresh insights into the relationship between the EAC, the legislature, the executive, and the wider public. We find that an incomplete system of delegation in the United Kingdom has left an accountability deficit, meaning that the EAC's ability to exert influence on the executive's environmental policy is limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: delegation theory,environmental policy,evidence,parliamentary committees,policy influence,accountability,policy making,regional policy,state role,theoretical study,united kingdom
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 16:38
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39577
DOI: 10.1068/c11330

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