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The administrative burden reduction policy boom in Europe: comparing mechanisms of policy diffusion

Wegrich, Kai (2009) The administrative burden reduction policy boom in Europe: comparing mechanisms of policy diffusion. CARR Discussion Papers (DP 52). Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853281443

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Much has been written on the diffusion of public management and regulatory reform tools. Available evidence suggests that cross-national policy diffusion is an increasingly significant phenomenon, especially in the European context. While internationalisation of policy discourses and expert communities are regarded as key driving forces of policy diffusion, public management reforms are also said to be particularly vulnerable to mechanisms of 'diffusion without convergence'. This paper analyses the case of policies aiming at reducing administrative burdens of regulations through the lens of the literature on policy diffusion. The diffusion of the so-called Standard Cost Model for measuring administrative burden between 2003 and 2007 is used as a case to explore the mechanisms facilitating policy diffusion in this domain. The analysis reveals patterns of rapid diffusion. This policy boom has been driven by a combination of different mechanisms of policy diffusion rather than by a single driving factor.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2008 The Author
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H0 - General
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 09:49
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2021 00:23

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