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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 10: Gender and regulatory impact assessment

Francesca Gains

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


This chapter examines gender impact assessment (GIA) initially developed as one of the key tools in feminist policy analysis and practice, and a strategy to achieve gender mainstreaming in policy process. Issues around the use of GIA include the aims and ways of doing GIA, and the need for GIA bureaucratic capacity and capability. The politicized nature of GIA is illustrated by a case study of the UK government’s equality assessments following a 2010 spending review. In conclusion, it is argued that despite widespread adoption of GIA, this tool is still underutilized and an overtly politicized tool in regulatory policy-making.

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