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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Improving regulation and outcomes through behavioural insights

Behavioural insights have become increasingly entrenched in governments around the world as a tool to improve the effectiveness of public policy. This chapter presents an overview of the current state of play for behavioural insights globally, based on OECD research conducted since 2013. This includes an overview of the findings of a recent survey of 60 nudge units from 23 countries and two international institutions, as well as a collection of over 100 case studies on the application of behavioural insights to policy in 11 policy sectors. It particularly focuses on the institution composition and key challenges for governments applying behavioural insights. The chapter also discusses new frontiers for the practice of behavioural insights, which includes embedding the tool throughout the regulatory policy cycle and applying behavioural insights to changing organisational behaviour.

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