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Outcome-Oriented Regulation

Globalization is changing the demands being put on regulatory systems. Regulations need to be critically examined from time to time, since they tend to develop a life of their own. Instruments must also be developed to ensure regulatory systems are effective, efficient and transparent. One such instrument is a comprehensive impact assessment procedure for legislation, one that evaluates long-term impact and that measures regulatory costs in a holistic manner.

The Modern Regulation project therefore supports a number of activities, including the introduction of a holistic regulatory cost-measurement mechanism.

It also focuses on examining the sustainability of legislation beginning in the development phase.

Focus Areas

Measuring Regulatory Costs

In Germany, efforts to measure “regulatory costs” (i.e. all costs stemming from government regulation) currently focus on measuring “bureaucratic costs” and/or compliance costs as captured by the Standard Cost Model.


Sustainability Checks

Policy planning and decision making should reflect the needs of today’s citizens without impinging on coming generations. Carried out as part of legislative-impact assessments, sustainability checks help ensure that tomorrow’s generations will not be unjustly burdened.



Benchmarking is a proven method -- on both the national and international levels -- for helping public administrators improve their performance on an ongoing basis.




Symposium for reducing bureaucracy and improving legislation

At a symposium organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on June 7, 2010, some 80 participants from the business, administrative and academic spheres came together to discuss the planned expansion of the German government’s Bureaucracy Reduction and Better Legislation program. In addition to discussion of efforts for measuring regulatory costs, the event also examined measures aimed at limiting the time that laws remain in effect (“sunset clauses”), something that the parties in Germany’s ruling coalition have agreed merits closer consideration.


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