“REGULATORY IMPACT ASSESSMENT”

In the middle of May 2017 the book “Regulatory Impact Assessment” appeared on the book market. It introduces the first comprehensive research devoted to the mechanism of the impact assessment, made obligatory in Bulgaria after the amendments to the Law on Normative Acts in 2016. In the book the impact assessment is considered as a regulatory innovation which creates the opportunity for the legislative process to be more objective, unbiased and transparent for the society. It allows the production of a better regulation, because this is an unique exchange of data, information and expert opinions, which can be directly used in the legislative process.

Main target group to the research are all of the current and prospective lawmakers, civil servants and, of course, students and scientists in the field of Law, Sociology of Law and Political Sciences. Its main purpose is to support the development of a new way of thinking, new culture of open and transparent lawmaking, based on facts. From this point of view, the research would also be interesting and useful to entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations and citizens who are looking for new ways of expressing their opinion in the regulatory decision-making process.

The book has also one really special target group and these are young people. Those, who, while living through the social networks and traveling around the world, wonder why one or another easy and clever solution is not introduced in Bulgaria and why the rules in our country are not respected. These young people are often accused of being hard to please, while in fact they desire the normal life, that exists in any other member-state of the European Union. It is important for them to know that contrary to what Winnie the Pooh says, in regulation ‘Less is more’, that SMART is not only a car model and this word does not only mean elegant and intelligent, but also a particular way of purposefulness in decision-making (shortened from Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound). RACER does not only mean a competitor but also a system of classifying indicators for observing public policies (acronym from Relevant, Accepted, Credible, Easy to monitor, Robust). What’s more, PESTLE is not a type of chocolate, but areas of impacts which are studied by the contemporary impact assessment (shortened from Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, Environmental).

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