Rowman and Littlefield International
Transnational Policy Innovation

Transnational Policy Innovation

The OECD and the Diffusion of Regulatory Impact Analysis

By Fabrizio De Francesco

Publication Date: Aug 2013

Pages 224

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301254
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

This book analyses the role of the OECD in diffusing policy innovations. Through the study of regulatory impact analysis (RIA), it shows how transnational networks affect national policy process. De Francesco's analytical framework encompasses the institutional features as well as internal and international determinants of a policy innovation such as RIA. Drawing on original data sets, three empirical analyses assess to what extent government decisions to adopt, implement, and evaluate RIA were driven by the OECD. Transnational Policy Innovation argues that concepts of policy innovation diffusion provide a useful framework for understanding the dynamics of transnational governance. It shows that the OECD has been successful in framing and diffusing a template of evidence-based decision making. However, downplaying RIA as an instrument of political control has limited the influence of the OECD's peer review and comparative indicators on the administrative and institutional setting.


List of Figures and Tables ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Preface xv

Chapter One: Introduction 1

Chapter Two: The Analytical Framework 19

Chapter Three: RIA as an Oversight Mechanism 37

Chapter Four: Framing a Transnational Policy Innovation 57

Chapter Five: Influencing RIA Adoption 73

Chapter Six: Modelling RIA Implementation 93

Chapter Seven: Evaluating RIA Programmes 125

Chapter Eight: Conclusion 147

Appendices 159

Bibliography 173

Index 199

Fabrizio De Francesco is a lecturer at the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde. After completing his PhD in Politics at the University of Exeter, he was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Zurich and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne. He has also been involved in several national and international projects on Regulatory Impact Analysis. His research interests lie in comparative public policy, regulatory governance, and policy diffusion. His publications include a co-authored book with Claudio M Radaelli on Regulatory Quality in Europe and several papers in international journals including Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

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