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Cutting Red Tape
Why Is Administrative Simplification So Complicated?
Looking beyond 2010
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  27 Sep 2010
Pages: 138 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264089754 , OECD Code: 422010241E1
Price:   €24 | $34 | £21 | ¥3100 | MXN440
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“Too much ‘red tape’!” is one of the most common complaints from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. Administrative simplification is a regulatory quality tool to review and reduce administrative and regulatory procedures. It has remained high on the agenda in most OECD countries over the last decade and continues to be so. Countries’ efforts to strengthen their competitiveness, productivity and entrepreneurship during the current recession have made simplification efforts even more urgent.  

Until now, efforts to reduce administrative burdens have primarily been driven by ambitions to improve the cost efficiency of administrative regulations, as these impose direct and indirect costs on regulated subjects. Many countries will finish their current projects over the next few years and must decide how to continue their efforts and how to make them more efficient.  

This report looks beyond 2010 and presents policy options for administrative simplification that are in line with current trends and developments. It provides policy makers with guidance on the available tools and explains common mistakes to be avoided when designing, undertaking and evaluating administrative simplification programmes.

Table of contents:
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. New Developments in Administrative Simplification
-Rapid spread of the use of the Standard Cost Model
-Other trends in adminstrative simplification
-Does public perception reflect results?
Chapter 2. Future Policy Directions for Administrative Burden Reduction
-Policy Option 1. Broaden and widen administrative simplification projects
-Policy Option 2. Quantify, but cautiously
-Policy Option 3. Integrate administrative simplification with other regulatory reforms and e-government
-Policy Option 4. Create efficient institutional structures, involve sub-national governments
-Policy Option 5. Strengthen communication with stakeholders
-Policy Option 6. Assess programmes' "value for money" 
Annex A. Policy Options
Annex B. Evaluating Administrative Burden Reduction Programmes and their Impacts
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