OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform

1990-0481 (online)
1563-4973 (print)
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This series presents the results of country peer reviews of regulatory reform in OECD countries. They present an integrated assessment of regulatory reform in framework areas such as the quality of the public sector, competition policy and enforcement, and market openness. They also contain chapters on sectors such as telecommunications, electricity, road and rail freight, and an assessment of the macroeconomic context for reform. The policy recommendations present a balanced plan of action for both short and longer term based on best international regulatory practices.

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Regulatory Policies in OECD Countries

Regulatory Policies in OECD Countries

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14 Oct 2002
9789264177437 (PDF) ;9789264198937(print)

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In the past 20 years, few reforms of the public sector have received more attention, and stimulated more controversy, than the reforms made to regulation making and regulatory management. The rise of regulatory policies -explicit policies aimed at continuously improving the quality of the regulatory environment -- shows how early notions of "deregulation" or "cutting red tape" quickly gave way to a central "good governance" notion. This notion is based on an understanding of how regulatory practices can substantially improve market performance, public sector effectiveness and citizens’ satisfaction, through a mix or deregulation, re-regulation and better quality regulation, backed up by new or improved institutions.

Regulatory Policies in OECD Countries documents the development and emergence of that understanding. It describes the "state of play" in the regulatory policy agenda in OECD countries, and identifies the key challenges facing regulatory practitioners in the future.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter. 2. The Regulatory Role of Government: History and Development
Chapter 3. Regulatory Policies
-Objectives of Regulatory Policy
-Main Elements of Regulatory Policy
-The Two Basic Dimensions of Regulatory Policy
-Conclusions on Regulatory Policies
Chapter 4. Tools to Improve Regulatory Design
-Fostering Efficiency: The Use of Regulatory Impact Analysis
-Regulatory and Non-Regulatory Alternatives
-Administrative Simplificiation and License and Permit Reduction
-Regulatory Transparency
Chapter 5. Tools to Improve Implementation of Regulation
-Administrative Justice
-Judicial Review
-Regulatory Compliance
-Other Mechanisms Promoting Regulatory Implementation
Chapter 6. Institutions to Drive Regulatory Policies
-Regulatory Oversight Bodies
-Emerging Role of Independent Regulators
Chapter 7. The "State of Play" for Regulatory Policy
-Government Policies and Rule Making Tools
-Dynamic Aspects of Regulatory Policies
-Regulatory Institutions
-Policy Successes and Failures
-Evaluating Regulatory Policies
-Communication of the Impacts of Reform
Chapter 8. Conclusion: Updating the 1995 Recommendation on Regulatory Quality
Annex 1. the Use of Regulatory Impact Analysis
Annex 2. Regulatory Alternatives
Annex 3. Administrative Simplification and the Use of E-Government Tools
Annex 4. Regulatory Transparency
Annex 5. Regualtory Accountability - Improving Due Process and Administrative Certainty
Annex 6. Strategies for Review of Existing Regulation

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