Regulatory Procedures and Governance outcomes

Claire A Dunlop, Jonathan C Kamkhaji, Claudio M Radaelli, Gaia Taffoni & Claudius Wagemann.
Friday, 22 October 2021; 14.00 CET, 13.00 London. 15.00 Jerusalem.
In this presentation for the seminar series Theories of Regulatory Governance we blend theory and empirical analysis by addressing the topic of the causal effects of rulemaking procedures on governance outcomes. Our topic is the design of the following four procedures in the EU-27 and the UK: consultation in the preparation of new legislation, freedom of information, impact assessment of policy proposals, and the Ombudsman. Procedural instruments that open up rulemaking to a variety of interests and actors are supposed to lead to better rules. In turn, better rules should over time increase the quality of the business environment, mitigate corruption, and contribute to more sustainable policies. This claim, often echoed in the better regulation discourse, however obscures some important causal steps rooted in mechanisms that have to be considered carefully before testing causality empirically. We first draw on theory to introduce a common measuring instrument for these four procedures, and explain how we generated a new dataset. The data are then used to map the ecological, conjunctural effect of design features on the quality of the business environment, perceptions of corruption and sustainability. We discuss a number of pathways and their implications for policy (re)design. The presentation draws on research carried out with support from the project Procedural tools for effective governance, Protego, funded by the European Research Council.

Claire A. Dunlop is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Exeter where she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on policy theories, analysis and regulation.
Jonathan Kamkhaji works at the Department of Engineering Management of the Politecnico of Milan as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Claudio M. Radaelli is Chair of Comparative Public Policy, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, where he teaches policy design and regulation at the Masters level.
Gaia Taffoni is post-doc research fellow and teaching associate at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence.
laudius Wagemann is a full Professor for qualitative-comparative political science methods at Goethe University Frankfurt, as well as a part-time Professor for methods at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute, Florence.
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