Diffusion of regulatory impact analysis among OECD and EU member states

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With the exception of few comparative case studies, the literature on regulatory reform and regulatory impact analysis (RIA) tends to focus on internal political actors, activities, and processes. Furthermore, empirical analyses of new public management have overlooked the dynamics of communications among networks of administrative reformers. This article fills these gaps, presenting results of an event history analysis on the diffusion of RIA. It probes rationales for the origin of RIA and administrative capacity explanations in combination with variables referring to international and transnational communication channels of administrative reforms. A hypothesis based on legal origin is also tested. The findings show that the decision to adopt RIA rests on transnational networks as well as administrative variables such as government expenditure and legal origin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1305
Number of pages29
JournalComparative Political Studies
Issue number10
Early online date16 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • administrative innovation
  • regulatory reform
  • OECD
  • new public management


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  • Diffusion across OECD countries

    De Francesco, F., 29 Apr 2016, Handbook of Regulatory Impact Assessment. Dunlop, C. A. & Radaelli, C. M. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK, (Research handbooks on impact assessment).

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