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Practice Advice in Regulatory Policy and Management

Regulatory Policy (OECD advice for Ireland)

Description:  Effective regulatory policy should be adopted at the highest political levels, contain specific and measurable regulatory quality standards and provide continued regulatory management capacity.

Commentary:  Governments are accountable for the financial resources and political capital invested in regulatory management systems. To measure  how specific institutions, tools and processes perform, governments need to be vary of the “gap” between regulatory policies as set out in principle, and their efficiency and effectiveness in practice. E-Government should also be utilized as an effective tool for advancing all aspects of regulatory policy. Based on an extensive analysis of regulatory reform in Ireland, the OECD has identified a number of best practices in regulatory strategy and policies:

  • Governments need to develop a set of principles to guide developments in regulatory policy. The issues which have been defined in Ireland are: regulatory impact assessment, simplification and accessibility of the law, administrative simplification, public consultation, a framework for effective functioning of regulatory agencies, a stronger framework for the effective functioning of regulatory agencies and a strong framework for management of EU regulations. Broadly speaking, the principles need to clarify why a regulatory reform is intended and emphasize the need for transparency, transparency, consistency, accountability and proportionality in regulations.
  • Governments need to raise awareness about the need for better regulations, both within and outside of the organizations and ensure that all departments support the objectives of regulatory reform.
  • Regulatory reform needs to be framed as a political priority, as it relates to the success of other policies, such as public service modernization and fiscal consolidation.
  • Governments need to address the difficulty of converting principles and strategy into reality and to ensure that results do not fall short of expectations.
  • Governments should also give attention to the broader needs of citizens, society and public service delivery improvement.
  • Authorities need to grant more visibility to communication technologies and present E-Government as a way forward in public service delivery.

In sum, an effective regulatory policy can help governments unwind macro-economic imbalances and restore fiscal stability, reduce public expenditure through operational cost cutting, attain long run growth through better domestic competition and international competitiveness.

Source: OECD (2010). Strategies and Policies for Better Regulation, Better Regulation in Europe: Ireland 2010, at: (accessed 11 November 2012).

Page Created By: Khilola B. Zakhidova on 1 December 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) named above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases of material drawn from it. This material does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the creator of this page or the researchers associated with this project.  Further, the opinions expressed in the source and presented on this page do not necessarily reflect the official institutional positions of the organization responsible for the source’s publication.

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