Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment
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Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment

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.
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Chapter 11: Consultation

Florentin Blanc and Giuseppa Ottimofiore


Regulatory practice generally refers to stakeholder consultation as part of a ‘better and smarter regulation’. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we have a clear understanding of what it is and what its benefits are and how it is integrated with impact assessment (IA). In this chapter, we look at consultation cross-nationally and discuss what has been achieved in the context of IA; comparison is particularly relevant, since countries use different methods and pursue different goals. We provide an overview on consultation approaches and tools. The conclusion offers a summary of what a desirable stakeholders’ consultation system should cover. We argue that, although examples of perfunctory practice are not rare, in some countries or policy sectors consultation has established itself as even more important than IA, meaning that governments consider consultation essential to policy formulation, with or without the IA.

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