Better Regulation in Europe: Sweden 2010

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This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for Sweden, laying down a framework of what should be driving regulatory policy and reform in the future. Issues examined include: strategy and policies for improving regulatory management; institutional capacities for effective regulation and the broader policy making context; transparency and processes for effective public consultation and communication; processes for the development of new regulations, including impact assessment and for the management of the regulatory stock, including administrative burdens; compliance rates, enforcement policy and appeal processes; and the multilevel dimension: interface between different levels of government and interface between national processes and those of the EU. This book is part of a project examining better regulation, being carried out in partnership with the European Commission.



Executive Summary

Better Regulation policies in Sweden have traditionally been harnessed to the achievement of important economic goals. The country’s economic recovery from the crisis of the early 1990s was partly based on regulatory reforms which supported structural changes, opening up previously closed product markets, reinforcing international market openness. Substantial efforts were made to minimise regulatory burdens on companies engaged in international trade. Product market deregulation was tackled, and the competition law was strengthened. As recorded in the 2007 OECD report on Swedish regulatory reform,1 this yielded a considerable “productivity dividend”.


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