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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 8: Social impact assessment

Lorna Schrefler

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


Social impact assessment (SIA) faces a persisting difficulty in becoming a fully established practice leading some to nickname it ‘the orphan of the assessment process’. Taking the concept of social impacts as its starting point, this chapter provides an overview of the SIA experience both as a support to policy-making and as an instrument to assess and manage the social consequences of specific projects. The author concludes with some remarks on how to reconcile SIA with other types of impact assessment and increase its relevance in policy appraisal.

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