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Title: A British independent regulatory agency : the Civil Aviation Authority : its evolution and operation
Author: Baldwin, Gordon Robert
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1977
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This thesis examines in contort the Civil Aviation Authority, a body described by some as a constitutional innovation. The accuracy of such a description is assessed and the utility of such an innovation is considered. The evolution of the CAA is described with an account of the development of civil aviation regulation in Britain and by an examination of the CAA's predecessors, the Air Transport Licensing Board and the Air Transport Advisory Council. The deficiencies of these licensing authorities are examined in order to explain the reasons for the setting up of an agency governing the selection of the CAA's framework of powers and duties. In order to see the CAL in its constitutional context an account is given of the past methods of regulation found in this country and of the CAA's relationship to other kinds of agency encountered in Britain. A model of the CAA is compared with the structure of American regulatory agencies. The Authority is then examined, in operation. It will be argued that the CAA's structure attempts to gain the best of a number of worlds in combining three factors: the use of formal public hearing procedures; subjection to ministerial control by written policy guidance; and the incorporation of extensive resources, expertise and independence. This study considers whether the above combination has proved workable, efficient and just. It asks if administrative law theory provides adequate tools to appraise such an agency and whether we find, in the CAA, a useful device of government which could be employed in other areas.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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