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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 5: Compliance and delivery analysis

Donald Macrae

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


This chapter argues that impact assessment (IA) should be the ex ante anticipation of how the policy intervention will work in practice and therefore those involved in making it work should be consulted at the design stage, including developing the IA. Where success of the policy depends on changing behaviours, that behaviour change is encapsulated in the term ‘compliance’ and so both the policy-maker at the design stage and the regulator at the delivery stage are seeking to promote the same thing. It follows that the work done on compliance assistance in regulatory delivery should be relevant to the design of new policy interventions. Barriers to compliance found in practice are risks to the success of the policy intervention and therefore they should be anticipated and where possible reduced or removed in the design.

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