Best in Class Regulation: Meeting the Challenge

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Please note registration for this workshop is $250 per participant. After registering via Eventbrite, registrants will be sent details on how to access the ANU payment portal.

Around the world, regulators confront immense challenges in balancing multiple objectives that hold major consequences for societies and their economies. What distinguishes the truly excellent regulators? How should these ‘Best-in-Class’ regulators define, measure and improve their performance?

These vital questions are the focus of research at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).

This half-day workshop will cover the following topics:

  • At the core: What are the core attributes of regulatory excellence?

  • Align with excellence: How can regulators align their traits, actions, and outcomes with the core attributes of regulatory excellence?

  • Obstacles: What major issues do regulators face in seeking excellence, organizational independence, performance-based and risk-based regulation, incident response, and methods for promoting transparency and public participation?

  • Horses for courses: What are the systems for measuring regulatory performance? Which measures can help policymakers understand overall patterns and trends in how the regulatory organization is doing ?

  • Identify unintended consequences: Think strategically about developing a measurement portfolio that assesses whether regulations and programs are having their intended effects.

  • Culture is key: Align strategic priorities and organizational culture around the core attributes of regulatory excellence.

Speakers include Professors John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Sharon Friel, Neil Gunningham and Dr Jeroen van der Heijden.

RegNet researchers have recently collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Program on Regulation’s Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative.

The 2015 Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative at UPenn invited 30 leading academic experts, regulatory officials, industry representatives and other experts from around the world to participate in this invitation-only expert dialogue. The broader aim was to generate a framework for identifying and achieving important organizational, legal, policy, and deliberative responsibilities facing regulatory authorities around the world, including recommendations informed by the best available evidence on regulation and regulatory processes.

Professors John Braithwaite and Neil Gunningham are among a number of experts who were subsequently commissioned to write a series of papers on what makes a regulator excellent (Forthcoming in 2016, Brookings Institution Press)

In this half day workshop, Professors Neil Gunningham and John Braithwaite along with other RegNet colleagues will share some of the insights gained from the Best in Class initiative and other recent evidence-based research.

Cost: $250 per participant. All registrations will be contacted with payment options after eventbrite registration is completed.


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