In 2014 the OECD carried out work to take stock of OECD countries' achievements in building resilience to major natural and man-made disasters. The report suggested that albeit significant achievements were made through effective risk prevention and mitigation management, past disasters have revealed persistent vulnerabilities and gaps in risk prevention management across OECD. Based on the findings of this OECD-wide report a cross-country comparative study was undertaken in Austria, France and Switzerland to test the recommendations put forward in specific country contexts. This report summarises the individual and comparative country case study findings. It highlights that the risk prevention policy mix has shifted in favor of organisational measures such as hazard informed land use planning or strengthening the enforcement of risk sensitive regulations. In the meantime, the great need for maintaining the large stock of structural protection measures has been overlooked and vulnerability might increase because of that. The report highlights the need for better policy evaluation to increase the effectiveness of risk prevention measures in the future. The report highlights practices where countries succeeded to make risk prevention a responsibility of the whole of government and the whole of society, by analysing supporting governance and financing arrangements.
The unique OECD peer review process has helped improve public policy. It assesses how countries manage the design, adoption and enforcement of regulations according to a conceptual framework. It ensures comparability while taking account of institutional and cultural differences across countries.
This paper discusses measures to make the regulation of product markets more conducive to competition play a prominent role in the government’s “growth package” of measures to stimulate economic growth which are in the process of being implemented.
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This report presents the role of competition policy in regulatory reform in Switzerland.
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This report analyses the governance and context of regulation in four sectors of the Swiss economy: air transport, rail transport, the postal sector, and the telecommunications sector.
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In recent years several trends have reinforced the link between domestic regulatory environment and international market openness. This report focusses on enhancing market openness through regulatory reform in Switzerland.
This review presents an overall picture, set within a macroeconomic context, of regulatory achievements and challenges in Switzerland, including regulatory quality, competition policy, and market openness.
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Electricity reform figures prominently in Swiss proposals for promoting stronger economic growth, which has lagged other OECD countries over the last decade. It figures on the list of actions- drawn up both by the Swiss Federal authorities and the OECD in its recent economic surveys of Switzerland- to strengthen the Swiss internal market and improve competitiveness. A better performance of the sector can only be achieved by reform.
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This report analyses the institutional set-up and use of policy instruments in Switzerland. It also includes policy recommendations developed by the OECD. The Reform Programme aims at assisting governments in improving regulatory quality.