Regulatory Impact Assessment



Sokolova Ekaterina, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Graduate School of Management, St.Petersburg University


45 contact hours



Course Description:

The goal of the course is to familiarize students with the main tools of public policy analysis process, which are adopted by the modern algorithm for policy analysis – regulatory impact assessment.
At the completion of the course students should be able to predict and analyze possible changes in the behavior of economic agents, which occur as the reaction on regulatory impact.

Course Content (Topics and subtopics):

Introduction to economic regulation and policy analysis

Topic 1. Regulatory reforms in developing economies

1.1. Development of theoretical approaches to the scope and aim of economic regulation.
1.2. Changes in approaches to the role of the state in competitive and non-competitive markets: New Public Administration, New Public Management, Better Regulation, Smart Regulation.
Rationale, issues and requirements for the economic analysis.

Topic 2. Regulatory impact assessment as a method of policy analysis

2.1. Actors and context of public policy
2.2. Policy analysis process
• Definition of the problem
• Policy alternatives
• Evaluative criteria
2.3. Policy analysis tools

Topic 3. Institutionalization of regulatory impact assessment

3.1. Characteristics of RIA programmes in different countries.
3.2. Political economic analysis.

Course Organization:

Lectures, seminars, case studies, tests, in-class discussions, group projects.

Course Reading (the full list):

Core reading:
• Handbook of public policy analysis [Text] / edited by Frank Fischer, Gerald J. Miller, and Mara S. Sidney. - Boca Raton, FL : Taylor & Francis, 2007. - 642 p.
• Bellinger, W. K. The economic analysis of public policy [Text] / William K. Bellinger. - Abingdon : Routledge, 2007
• Regulatory impact analysis: a tool for policy coherence [Text] / [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development]. - Paris : OECD, 2009. - 181 p. : il. - (OECD reviews of regulatory reform). - Includes bibliographical references.

Supplementary reading:
• Kirkpatrick, Colin: Regulatory Impact Assessment: Towards Better Regulation? (Competition, Regulation and Development), 2007.
• Regulatory Impact Assessment Guidance /
• Better policy making: A Guide to Regulatory Impact Assessment /

Exam format:

Duration: 90 minutes.

Grading Policy (% or points):

Course progress – 45%, exam – 55%.

The course progress tasks:
• 10% - a group (2 students) memo on public policy definition (3-4 pages)
• 10% - policy objectives and options group (2 students) memo (4-5 pages)
• 10% - final group (2 students) project memo and presentation
• 5% - group (2 students) peer review participation during the final presentation of projects
The guidelines for the reviewing will be provided before the first lecture.
• 5% - written in-class test (held after the completion of the Topic 1)
• 5% - written in-class test (held after the completion of the Topic 2)

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