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Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment

Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment

Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series

Edited by Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli

This comparative Handbook provides a pioneering and comprehensive account of regulatory impact assessment – the main instrument used by governments and regulators to appraise the likely effects of their policy proposals. Renowned international scholars and practitioners describe the substance of impact assessment, situating it in its proper theoretical traditions and scrutinizing its usage across countries, policy sectors, and policy instruments. The Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment will undoubtedly be of great value to practitioners and also scholars with its wealth of detail and lessons to be learned.

Chapter 2: Regulatory impact assessment in legal studies

Anne C.M. Meuwese and Stijn van Voorst

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance


This chapter presents an overview of how various strands of American and European legal literature deal with regulatory impact assessment (IA). Starting from the role IA plays in the classic field of administrative and constitutional law scholarship, the authors move to more specialized fields such as legislative studies, law and economics and socio-legal studies. They find that – as it becomes more inter-disciplinary – legal scholarship displays a growing interest in the topic, often from a critical perspective.

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