Cutting Red Tape

National Strategies for Administrative Simplification

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Red tape is burdensome to companies,  inhibits entrepreneurship, and reduces competitiveness.  This book examines country strategies and tools for reducing red tape and the institutional frameworks set up to reduce red tape, and finds what the trends are and what strategies are working. 

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Conclusions and Future Directions

Administrative simplification and reducing the administrative burdens imposed by regulations on businesses, citizens and other members of the community is clearly an important issue for OECD member countries. The 2003 report From Red Tape to Smart Tape: Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries provided an overview of the administrative tools used by a number of countries, a valuable contribution at the time. However, as demonstrated by the range of examples and experiences discussed in this report, administrative simplification is an area that has moved ahead rapidly since 2003.

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