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The appraisal of policy appraisal – Learning about the quality of impact assessment

Dunlop, C.A., Fritsch, O.ORCID: 0000-0001-8995-8634 and Radaelli, C.M. (2014) The appraisal of policy appraisal – Learning about the quality of impact assessment. Revue française d'administration publique, 149 (1). pp. 163-178.

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What do governments, international organizations and stakeholders mean when they say that proposals for new regulation should be systematically appraised? And do regulators really use the results of appraisal? In this article, we consider two dimensions of policy appraisal: the breadth and scope of the empirical analysis, and the utilization of impact assessment. We use these two dimensions to produce an explanatory typology with four types. The types enable us to review the literature systematically, exposing gaps as well as documenting the results. In the final part of the article we build hypotheses that link quality of analysis and utilization, thus showing how future research may become less descriptive and more inclined to test explicit hypotheses.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Paris; Institut international d'administration publique
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