Experimentation and Regulation

“Experimentation and Regulation” in Framing the Commons: Cross-Cutting Issues in Regulation (Susy Frankel & John Yeabsly eds.) (Victoria University Press, 2014) 94-111

Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 100/2018

19 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2016 Last revised: 30 Sep 2018

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Joel I. Colón-Ríos

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

John Dewey popularised the idea that ‘experimentation’ might play a valuable role in regulation. This paper examines the complexity of the modern regulatory system from the perspective of learning and experimentation. The author considers the main issues with this idea: firstly, the close relationship between experimentation and learning; secondly, the question of the ‘limits’ of experimentation; and finally, the desirability of an experimental approach in New Zealand. It is concluded that whilst experimentation is not a viable option in many cases, the basic principles of the experimental approach may nevertheless serve as a guide to regulation-making in order to achieve effective policy solutions in uncertain contexts.

Keywords: Policy, Regulation, Policy Experimentation

JEL Classification: K00, K40

Suggested Citation

Colón-Ríos, Joel I., Experimentation and Regulation (2014). “Experimentation and Regulation” in Framing the Commons: Cross-Cutting Issues in Regulation (Susy Frankel & John Yeabsly eds.) (Victoria University Press, 2014) 94-111; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 100/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2871632

Joel I. Colón-Ríos (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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