OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2018

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Laws and regulations govern the everyday life of businesses and citizens, and are important tools of public policy. Regulating has never been easy, but the overwhelming pace of technological change and unprecedented interconnectedness of economies has made it a daunting task. The 2018 Regulatory Policy Outlook, the second in the series, maps country efforts to improve regulatory quality in line with the 2012 OECD Recommendation on Regulatory Policy and Governance, and shares good regulatory practices. It provides unique insights into the organisation and institutional settings in countries for designing, enforcing and revising regulations. It also highlights areas of the regulatory cycle that receive too little attention from policy makers. Finally, it identifies areas where countries can invest to improve the quality of laws and regulations and presents innovative approaches to better regulation.

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Fostering better rules through international regulatory co-operation

New opportunities and changes brought by the growing interconnectedness of economies and technologies present policy makers and regulators with challenges that cannot be dealt with in isolation. Increasingly, co-ordination is needed on regulatory matters to tackle the challenges that cross borders and achieve a coherent and effective regulatory response at least costs for business and citizens. This chapter documents and analyses the various jurisdictions’ practices in accounting for the international environment in domestic rule-making. It reviews how international considerations are reflected in traditional regulatory management tools and the interface between domestic and international rule-making. The chapter builds on answers to dedicated questions embedded in the 2017 OECD survey of Regulatory Policy and Governance, as well as to a survey carried out in 2015 to 50 international organisations.

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