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Regulatory Governance

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When citizens understand and help to shape the rules that govern society, regulations are more effective, business environments are stronger, and levels of corruption are lower.

Technical specifications: Relates to any of four key areas of the World Bank’s Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance: 1) Accessing laws and regulations: Improving access to the collection of laws and regulations of a given jurisdiction. 2) Transparency of rulemaking: Transparency of the process for initiating, drafting, deliberating, and issuing final regulations. Includes public notices of proposed changes and publishing proposed texts for public review and comments. 3) Public consultation: Standards relating to how, when, and from whom policy-makers seek input on new or amended regulations before issuing final regulations. 4) Challenging regulations: Relates to the capacity of citizens to challenge the legal validity of a regulation or regulatory provision, or challenge an action or decision of a regulatory pursuant to a regulation. For the above key areas, regulations are defined as the rules adopted by an executive authority, ministry, or regulatory agency to implement laws enacted by the legislative branch of government. They include subordinate legislation, administrative formalities, decrees, circulars, and directives.

See also: Public Participation, Open Parliaments, Legislation, Regulation

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Open Government Partnership