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 28: Implementing in the classroom: teaching regulatory impact assessment

Lorenzo Allio


The diffusion of impact assessment (IA) has significant implications for recruitment and training worldwide. New skills and professional cross-fertilization are increasingly required in regulatory management. The chapter outlines recent trends in the nature and organization of IA-related capacity-building programmes. It does so by considering the demand and supply sides of the IA market. The chapter concludes that resources and duration of training are key. Structuring training via modules might be an efficient way to develop context-specific solutions that integrate IA into the existing organization and bureaucratic culture of the beneficiary administration. Knowledge utilization and extrapolation approaches are presented as promising avenues in this respect. There is, therefore, margin for improving the type and quality of the training delivered. It is important that governments are fully aware of why they intend to introduce or upgrade their IA system before embarking on capacity-building scenarios – a question that regrettably sometimes is not even asked.

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