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L’Air nel Processo di Riforma della Regolazione

De Francesco, Fabrizio (2001) L’Air nel Processo di Riforma della Regolazione. Rivista Trimestrale di Scienza dell'Amministrazione, 2000 (4).

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Abstract

The rise of the regulatory state has constrained many European and OECD countries to set up policy tools aimed at governing regulation. Indeed, since the need of social regulation has never been under discussion as a way to protect public interest, governments have focused on improving the quality of regulation. Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) is a decision tool that systematically assesses the negative and positive impacts of proposed and existing regulation. It is a method that supports the decision-making process without aiming to substitute decisions with technocratic tools, enhancing the empirical basis of decisions. In order to communicate information to decision-makers, it takes the form of a short and structured document. This policy making tool has the high potential to cope with the issue of the lack of legitimacy and credibility of regulators, enhancing accountability and transparency of the regulatory process. However, it is only one element of regulatory reform; implementation of RIA needs specific preconditions, i.e. the public management reform, deregulation, and an efficient competition law. This article argues that implementation of RIA is not an easy task, since there are many bias that determine the effectiveness and evolution of this policy tool. Nevertheless, RIA is a dynamic tool, with regard to deregulation, avoidance of unnecessary rules, regulatory quality, and to some extent regulatory management.