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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Overview: Why does the quality of domestic rule-making matter?

Laws and regulations are essential tools in the hand of governments to promote well-being and economic growth. Over the past 30 years, governments have progressively developed the disciplines and tools of regulatory policy to ensure their quality. However, as governments have continuously improved their understanding of regulatory quality, regulating itself has become increasingly difficult. The growing pace of technological changes and the deepening of globalisation are raising substantial challenges for domestic regulators. This chapter highlights the high-level trends in regulatory policy and governance and points to some of the challenges and opportunities faced. In doing so, it lays the grounds for the following chapters of the Regulatory Policy Outlook that investigates in more depth country practices in the systematic application of selected regulatory policy approaches.

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