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.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, and the 2008 financial meltdown—whose aftershocks are still reverberating globally—have at least one trait in common: they reflected breakdowns in the regulatory process. This is not to say that the principal industry actors in both catastrophes were mere bystanders, but with better regulatory oversight, the disasters could have been prevented.
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.
This report measures the administrative costs generated by formalities in the municipalities of Colima and Jalisco.
This report details the key principles for establishing and operating regulatory agencies.
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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
List of events and publications on regulatory reform in Southeast Asia and APEC economies.
The APEC-OECD Integrated Checklist on Regulatory Reform is a voluntary tool that APEC member economies may use to evaluate their respective regulatory reform efforts.
The mission of GRPN is to assist ASEAN Member States in strengthening the implementation of good regulatory practice.
The OECD has a long standing engagement with Southeast Asia on regulatory reform, both regionally through APEC and ASEAN and bilaterally with individual ASEAN member states.