Regulatory policy

Publications and analyses on the Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance



OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook  series

Detailed analysis using the indicators can be found in the 2018 and 2015 Regulatory Policy Outlook. The Outlook provides the first evidence-based, cross-country analysis of the progress made by OECD countries in improving the way they regulate. It reviews the use of 3 key tools of regulatory policy: RIA, stakeholder engagement, ex post evaluation, and proposes an ambitious and forward looking agenda for the use of regulatory policy to promote growth and well-being. Compared to 2015, the 2018 edition also covers new topics, such as regulatory oversight, regulatory enforcement and delivery, international regulatory co-operation and the use of behavioural insights in regulatory policy.

All graphs and underlying data contained in the Regulatory Policy Outlook series (including for the composite indicators) can be accessed on OECD iLibrary.


Regulatory Policy Outlook country profiles

The Regulatory Policy Outlook is complemented by detailed two-page country notes for all OECD member and accession countries and the European Commission, displaying countries’ results for all three composite indicators.

Methodology and design of the indicators

The full list of survey questions covered by the indicators are available here.


Further information on the indicator design and methodology is available in Arndt, C., A. Custance Baker, T. Querbach and R. Schultz (2015), “2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance: Design, Methodology and Key Results”, OECD Regulatory Policy Working Papers, No. 1, OECD Publishing, Paris.


Government at a Glance

The indicators form the basis for a chapter on regulatory governance in the Fit for the future: learning from the COVID-19 crisis to reinforce democratic governance, OECD Roundtable publication series. The chapter provides key indicators and analysis on global trends in regulatory policy and governance, stakeholder engagement, RIA, ex post evaluation and the governance of regulators.


Better indicators for better regulation: the OECD iREG experience (Schultz et al., 2019) - English - April 2019

This journal article describes the iREG methodology, key results from the iREG’s 2018 edition, and reflects on iREG’s critical success factors as a tool for driving regulatory reform.


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