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26 May 2010

EU COR tackles multi-level BR challenge

The difficulty to improve regulatory quality in countries where sub-national entities share regulatory power with the central state is one of the less explored avenues of better regulation. In this context, we can welcome a sign that the issue may soon be attracting attention at the Committee of Regions of the European Union. This recent powerpoint presentation outlines some of the main questions that need to be addressed.
For regulatory management issues, the concept of multi-level governance is understood as the exercise of authority and other types of relations across levels of government, which have undergone big changes with the widespread demand for decentralisation. For background, it is best to read the OECD recent report on multi-level governance (co-authored by L. Allio), which examines the trends that have made governance of public policies both more complex and more demanding, involving multiple actors (public but also private) and requiring a rethinking of how central and sub-national governments should collaborate. See also report by M. H. Fandel and F. Zuleeg "multi-level governance: the new frontier for European Better Regulation" on the IRRC network (membership required).

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