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 18: Diffusion across OECD countries

Fabrizio De Francesco


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been successful in framing and transferring the knowledge of regulatory reform. As an ideational authority, its activities have promoted the adoption of regulatory impact assessment (IA) among developed countries. However, administrative and evaluation practices of IA are based on national administrative traditions and country-to-country interaction. This chapter relies on the concept of transnational policy innovation that allows the author to address the questions of what has been diffused and when the spread has occurred. By putting emphasis on transnational networks, this chapter also provides a useful discussion about the OECD practices for diffusing policy innovations. The conclusion suggests that the OECD should promote Member States to exchange learning experience on how to fit transnationally transferred innovations to their administrative systems.

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