The production and use of knowledge in regulatory impact assessment
Hertin, Julia ;  Jacob, Klaus ;  Pesch, Udo ;  Pacchi, Carolina ;  ;  Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin

Main titleThe production and use of knowledge in regulatory impact assessment
Subtitlean empirical analysis
AuthorHertin, Julia
AuthorJacob, Klaus
AuthorPesch, Udo
AuthorPacchi, Carolina
InstitutionForschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
No. of Pages22 S.
Series FFU-report ; 01-2009
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractRegulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) - understood as the formalised analytical
activities initiated or carried out by central government administrations when
designing specific policy instruments - is currently receiving high levels of political
attention. It is seen as a tool to improve regulatory quality and to promote
cross-cutting objectives such as sustainable development. Often conceived as an
economic analysis of costs and benefits, RIA tends to be depicted as ‘neutral’
assessment process that informs decision makers about ‘facts’. This does not
explain, of course, why RIA often becomes an arena for political conflict involving
both government departments and stakeholders. Based on empirical research
on the design and practical application of RIA across the European Union,
this paper explores the relationship between RIA, policy-making and politics.
The aim is to shed light on what knowledge is produced, how it is used by
different actors and what role it plays in decision-making. Based on this analysis,
we explore to what extent and under what conditions RIA can serve as a tool
for more evidence-based and sustainability-oriented policy-making processes.
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FU DepartmentEnvironmental Policy Research Centre
Year of publication2009
Type of documentBook
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