Reflections on the political economy of the 'war on red tape'
Radaelli, Claudio M.
University of Exeter
Legislação (Cadernos de Ciência de Legislação)
INA - Instituto Nacional de Administração, Portugal
The better regulation agenda of the EU and the Member States has converged around plans for the reduction of administrative burdens. This is often presented as a pragmatic and efficient way to improve on the regulatory environment in Europe. However, there may be more symbolic politics than real efficiency gains in these plans, unless some conditions are met. This explains why business has not yet embraced wholeheartedly the ‘war on red tape’ agenda. The conclusion is that the agenda should be re-set in terms of regulatory quality, rather than focusing on ‘quantity targets’ in narrow areas of regulation.
This paper arises out of my current research on better regulation in Europe funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK, grant on “Regulatory Impact Assessment in Comparative Perspective” No. RES-000-23-1284.
N.° 45, Janeiro · Março 2007