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
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
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