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The Future of Regulation

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Often we see government regulation as a necessary evil. We generally understand that government operations have grown sufficiently complicated to require day-to-day supervision of many relationships and transactions. But there is still a discomfort and suspicion about regulation’s reach: that it is perhaps too cozy with the interests it regulates, that it is a day late and a dollar short in terms our fast-moving economy, and that it is not sufficiently accessible to regular citizens. A review of our many regulated activities and their history, however, often reminds us of the background to regulation, which includes the role of religious and craft organizations in much of the early framework of regulation.

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This discussion guide and the nine contrasting policy possibilities in it are intended to help spur discussion and to aid in exploring and developing ideas as well as address several basic concerns about regulation. Those concerns include:  the conduct of regulators, regulatory methods, public participation, matters of scale, and distribution of power.

The nine policy possibilities in this discussion guide

A.  Improve Regulatory Management
B.  Use Science & Technology to Support and Improve Regulatory Practice
C.  Keep Politics in its Place
D.  Focus Regulatory Efforts on Key Societal Goals
E.  Expand Citizen Power Over Regulation
F.  Non-Governmental Alternatives to Regulation
G.  Encourage Access to Regulatory Information Through Openness & Transparency
H.  Create Nimble Regulatory Approaches
I.  Create an International Regulatory “Eco-System” 

Related Documents:  Download (PDF) –  Supplement:  Citizen Participation in Regulation 1.0

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