Red Tape Reform: A New Approach

Allen, Darcy WE, Chris Berg (eds.) Australia's Red Tape Crisis, Conor Court Publishers, Australia, Forthcoming.

11 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2017

Date Written: December 11, 2017

Abstract

Policymakers pursuing regulatory reform can take one of two complementary paths: first, identifying and repealing specific regulatory instruments or sectors; or second, through placing institutional constraints on the regulatory process itself. This paper reviews the political economy of these two paths in Australia before focusing on the latter path, of red tape reduction policies and procedures. Developing effective red tape policies and procedures relies on the quantification and measurement of the red tape burden so that success or failure can be benchmarked. Finally this paper introduces a new approach to measuring regulatory burden—counting the number of restrictive clauses as applied in British Columbia—as the potential future of red tape mechanisms in Australia.

Keywords: Over-regulation, Red Tape, Institutional Economics, Meta-regulation, Public Choice, RegData

Suggested Citation

Allen, Darcy, Red Tape Reform: A New Approach (December 11, 2017). Allen, Darcy WE, Chris Berg (eds.) Australia's Red Tape Crisis, Conor Court Publishers, Australia, Forthcoming.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3085654

Darcy Allen (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

440 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

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