Delegated legislation (also referred to as secondary legislation or subordinate legislation or subsidiary legislation) is law made by an executive authority under powers given to them by primary legislation in order to implement and administer the requirements of that primary legislation. It is law made by a person or body other than the legislature but with the legislature's authority.
Often, a legislature passes statutes that set out broad outlines and principles, and delegates authority to an executive branch official to issue delegated legislation that flesh out the details (substantive regulations) and provide procedures for implementing the substantive provisions of the statute and substantive regulations (procedural regulations). Delegated legislation can also be changed faster than primary legislation so legislatures can delegate issues that may need to be fine-tuned through experience.
See also 
- Administrative law
- Delegated legislation in the United Kingdom
- Statutory Instrument (UK)
- Statutory Instrument
- Executive order (United States)
- United States administrative law
- "Delegated Legislation". lawteacher.net. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
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