Regulatory Quality in the European Commission and the UK: Old Questions and New Findings

Centre for European Policy Working Paper No. 362

16 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2012

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Oliver Fritsch

University of Exeter

Claudio M. Radaelli

Politics Dept, University of Exeter

Lorna Schrefler

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Andrea Renda

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); College of Europe

Date Written: January 26, 2012

Abstract

This Working Document examines the quality of impact assessments in the European Commission and the UK between 2005 and 2010. The findings suggest that impact assessment is not merely a perfunctory activity in the European Union and the UK. Quality has improved steadily over the years, arguably as a result of learning and regulatory oversight.

The UK and the European Commission are strikingly similar on a number of impact assessment dimensions (such as economic analysis and identification of costs and benefits). The European Commission’s impact assessments seem to pay more attention to social and environmental aspects, however.

The paper’s conclusions reflect on the implications of the findings for current policy discussions on regulatory quality and the role of regulatory oversight bodies.

Keywords: European Commission, UK, regulatory quality, EU, impact assessment

Suggested Citation

Fritsch, Oliver and Radaelli, Claudio M. and Schrefler, Lorna and Renda, Andrea, Regulatory Quality in the European Commission and the UK: Old Questions and New Findings (January 26, 2012). Centre for European Policy Working Paper No. 362. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1996489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1996489

Oliver Fritsch (Contact Author)

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Claudio M. Radaelli

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Lorna Schrefler

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Andrea Renda

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