Regulations are the rules that govern the everyday life of businesses and citizens. They are an essential instrument in the hands of government to promote economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection. However, regulations can also be costly and ineffective in achieving their objectives. The Regulatory Policy Outlook is the first evidence-based analysis of the progress made by countries to improve the way they regulate. Based on a unique survey filled by all OECD countries and the European Commission, the Outlook assesses progress in establishing the conditions for good regulation. It provides unique insights into the organisation and institutional settings in countries to design, enforce and revise regulations. It uncovers the areas of the regulatory cycle that receive too limited attention from policy makers, and identifies actors who have an important part to play to improve the way regulations are developed, implemented and evaluated. It reviews the use of three critical tools of regulatory policy (Regulatory Impact Assessment, stakeholder engagement and ex post evaluation) and proposes options to use them in a more strategic manner to inform the development and delivery of regulations.
|Global trends in regulatory policy: Evidence from new OECD survey data|
|A forward-looking agenda for regulatory policy|
|Stakeholder engagement and regulatory policy|
|Evidence-based policy making through Regulatory Impact Assessment|
|Closing the regulatory governance cycle through systematic ex post evaluation|
Country profiles35 chapters available
Annexes3 chapters available
Why better law-making and regulation matters
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Why is regulation important?
Regulation is one of the three core levers for governments (along with fiscal and monetary policy) to manage the economy and strengthen the well-being of citizens. We take these rules that determine our safety and life style every day as granted. But, when poorly conceived, these rules can become “irritating” and too cumbersome to start up a new business, trade abroad or to obtain a new passport. Worse, they can become ineffective in achieving their objectives and fail to protect us and we lose trust in our institutions.
How is your country establishing the conditions for good regulation?
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Celine Kauffmann, OECD Regulatory Policy Division
Nick Malyshev, OECD Regulatory Policy Division