Public Participation in New Zealand's Regulatory Processes
"Public Participation in New Zealand’s Regulatory Processes" in Susy Frankel and Deborah Ryder (eds) Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World (LexisNexis, Wellington, 2013).
74 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2015
Date Written: December 1, 2012
In this chapter, our aim is to examine how the reasons for and against participation apply in two specific regulatory contexts. In so doing, we will identify key considerations or indicators that can be used by government to determine the level of participation that might be appropriate, and the types of mechanisms that might be used to facilitate public involvement, in light of the specific features of the regulatory area at issue. These key indicators relate back to common reasons for participation, and include: the aims of participation, the scope and scale of the decision, whether there has been prior political and community debate and public endorsement of the regulatory choice, whether there are significant needs to gain further information from participants, what kind of deliberation is desired and what kind of decision making power the public participants are to be accorded.
Keywords: Regulation, Participation, Public Participation, Democracy, Law, Electricity, Network, Environment
JEL Classification: P1, L5
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