Regulators operate in a complex environment at the interface among public authorities, the private sector and end-users. As “referees” of the markets that provide water, energy, transport, communications, and financial services to citizens, they must balance competing wants and needs from different actors. This means that they must behave and act objectively, impartially, and consistently, without conflict of interest, bias or undue influence - in other words, independently. What distinguishes an independent regulator is not simply institutional design. Independence is also about finding the right balance between the appropriate and undue influence that can be exercised through the regulators’ daily interactions with ministries, regulated industries and end-users. This report identifies the critical points where undue influence can be exercised at different moments in the life of a regulator and discusses some of the avenues for developing a culture of independence, including through interactions with stakeholders, staffing and financing.
This report measures the administrative costs generated by formalities in the municipalities of Colima and Jalisco.
Access and search the calendar of events and publications on regulatory policy.
The OECD organises annual expert workshops on topics related to measuring regulatory performance. Past meetings have focussed on best practice in implementing the 2012 OECD Recommendation, on measuring compliance costs, on developing a measurement framework for regulatory performance, on the use of perception surveys and on indicators of Regulatory Management Systems.
International Organisations: standard setting bodies in supporting regulatory co-operation.
Description of regulatory policy activities in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
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This guide provides recommendations that can be implemented in the short term and focuses, amongst others, on formalities dealing with business start-ups, obtaining construction permits, registering property in Mexico
OECD work on applying behavioural insights in public policy.
The OECD NER provides the opportunity for economic regulators from different sectors and different jurisdiction to discuss and share experiences and frame the features of a “world class regulator”.
List of events and publications on regulatory reform in Southeast Asia and APEC economies.