Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Edited by Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli
Chapter 4: Interpretive analysis and regulatory impact assessment
This chapter demonstrates some of the broad range of insights that interpretive analysis can offer when directed specifically towards impact assessment (IA) processes. Given their dominance over the appraisal of environmental policies in many developed economies, much of the chapter focuses on what Kysar terms ‘economic optimisation’ approaches, including both conventional risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Specific points are illustrated using examples not just relating to the use of this method, but also to areas where computer modelling and other kinds of detailed technical assessment have been called upon to appraise policy. Throughout, the aim is to highlight several unique contributions that such approaches – taken as a whole – have made, and may continue to make, to academic understandings of IA and its political dimensions, particularly in the environmental sphere.
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