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Does RIA Really Evaluate Regulatory Impact? The Case of the Czech Republic

Author: Bc. Karel Jára
Year: 2011 - summer
Leaders: PhDr. Jiří Schwarz Ph.D.
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Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 53
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Abstract: Regulatory Impact Assessment/Analysis (RIA) has become a hot topic in the
world politics as well as economic research in the last 20 years. Its basic definition
as a tool to improve regulatory quality using cost-benefit analysis is viable
only in the case when it is properly implemented for all potential sources
of regulation, one of which is parliament with its amendments to bills. After
summing up basic information about RIA and its history and surveying relevant
literature on RIA, this thesis performs a pioneer analysis of the changes in
regulatory impact of laws caused by parliamentary amendments. A sample of
all laws passed in the Czech Republic in 2010 is studied. The passed amendments
to these laws are analysed and it is found that only 3 out of 20 bills with
RIA had amendments which made no changes in regulatory impacts of the bill.
This supports the conclusion that the RIA implementation should take these
amendments into account. Another finding is that circumventing of the RIA
system occurs also in the case of non-governmental bills, which are not subject
to RIA in the Czech Republic, as 18 of 32 bills without RIA did not have it due to
their non-governmental origin.
Downloadable: Bachelor Thesis of Jára

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