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Horizontal enforcement of policies occurs when a given policy or group of policies are enforced through horizontally integrated governance processes.(Halloran 2017) For the purposes of social value, this applies to the 2014 procurement directives, the Social Value Act 2012 and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

However, there is a wide range of government policies which could fall into this category, for example, the Equality Act 2010.