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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 16: Enterprise and competition

David Parker

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


Some regulation is essential if market economies are to work efficiently and effectively, in the public interest. At the same time, ill-conceived regulation can seriously damage economic growth. This chapter reviews the international research on regulation, enterprise and competition and reviews recent initiatives in the UK intended to reduce regulatory costs. The research confirms the importance of evidence-based policy-making. Reflecting this, recent regulatory reform in the UK has focused on reducing the incidence of poorly designed and implemented regulation, by improving the policy-making process within government.

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