Regulatory Quality in Europe: Concepts, Measures and Policy Processes

Claudio M. Radaelli, Fabrizio De Francesco

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The European Union and its member states are investing in ambitious programmes for 'better regulation' and targets of regulatory quality. This book lifts the veil of excessively optimistic propositions covering the whole better regulation agenda. It provides an innovative conceptual framework to handle the political complexity of regulatory governance. It approaches better regulation as an emerging public policy, with its own political context, actors, problems, rules of interaction, instruments, activities and impacts. Focusing on the key tools of impact assessment, consultation, simplification, and access to legislation, the authors provide fresh empirical evidence on the progress made in the member states and in Brussels, drawing on an extensive research project and an original survey of directors of better regulation programmes in Europe. Radaelli and De Francesco show how indicators define, measure, and appraise better regulation policy, linking measures to policy processes in which the stakeholders learn by monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780719074042
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2007

Publication series

NameEuropean Policy Studies
PublisherManchester University Press


  • public policy
  • regulatory quality
  • interactions


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