Planning for Excellence: Insights from an International Review of Regulators' Strategic Plans

53 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2015 Last revised: 12 Dec 2018

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Adam M. Finkel

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Daniel Walters

Penn State Law

Angus Corbett

Penn Program on Regulation; Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Date Written: April 28, 2015

Abstract

What constitutes regulatory excellence? Answering this question is an indispensable first step toward striving for, measuring, and, ultimately, achieving regulatory excellence. One useful way to answer the question would be to draw on the broader literature on regulatory design, enforcement, and management. But perhaps a more authentic way would be to look at how regulators themselves define excellence. In this paper, we investigate regulators’ definitions of regulatory excellence by drawing on a unique source of data that provides an important window on regulators’ own aspirations: their strategic plans. To date, a voluminous literature exists examining agency practices in strategic planning, but we are aware of no study that tries to glean from the substance of a sizeable number of plans how regulators themselves construe regulatory excellence. The main task of this paper is undertaking just this effort.

Keywords: Strategic Plans, GPRA, Regulation

Suggested Citation

Finkel, Adam M. and Walters, Daniel and Corbett, Angus, Planning for Excellence: Insights from an International Review of Regulators' Strategic Plans (April 28, 2015). Pace Environmental Law (PELR) Review, 2018, Forthcoming; U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 15-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2624325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2624325

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