nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Government 101

Is there a difference between what laws and regulations cover, or is it just that laws are made by legislatures and regulations are made by agencies?

My initial impression was that laws punish actions which have caused damage and regulations attempt to prevent somewhat more remote damage [1], but I'm pretty sure there are laws that are more on the prevention side. I'm also pretty sure that regulations can't invoke nearly the level of punishment that laws do.

[1] Allowing that in either case, the damage might very much a matter of point of view, and both laws and regulations can be the result of special interests.

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