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OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015

Published on October 28, 2015

Also available in: German, French

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Foreword
Executive summary
Reader's guide
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
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
European Commission
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Annexes3 chapters available
Country information on shares of national laws
The 2014 OECD Regulatory Indicators Survey and the composite indicators
Glossary
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 Why better law-making and regulation matters

Watch the Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015 video featuring OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, OECD Public Governance Director Rolf Alter, BIAC Secretary General, The Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee and country officials from Iceland, Estonia, France, and Germany.

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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Publication Database and related websites Country information
           

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2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance

Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance 2015: Underlying dataset

 Country profiles
Further reading  Media Contact information
           

2012 Recommendation on Regulatory Policy and Governance

International regulatory co-operation

Regulatory Policy in Perspective, A Reader's Companion to the OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015

Regulatory Policy and Governance

Press release

Policy Brief

The time-travelling policy maker

Regulatory policy: the untapped lever of economic growth

Press reviews

Celine Kauffmann, OECD Regulatory Policy Division

Nick Malyshev, OECD Regulatory Policy Division