Why “Less is more”

Why “Less is more”

Contrary to Winnie-the-Pooh, the principle “less is more” is entirely valid in the sphere of regulation. If we perceive the adoption and imposing of general rules of conduct, e.g. laws for example, as a legitimate form of governmental intervention in the private life of people, companies or NGOs, we would easily reach to the conclusion that the fewer rules are adopted the greater freedom of choice of models of behaviour exist and vice-a-versa.

The principle “less is more” in the theories of better regulation and smart legislation and the instruments for assessment of administrative burdens on businesses is seen as fundamental.

 

More about “Less is more”

The concept, in the context of legal regulation, was used in 2005 in UK as part of the titles of an official report “Regulation – Less is More Reducing Burdens, Improving Outcomes”, developed by the Better Regulation Task Force upon the request of the British Prime Minister.