Business Regulation and Public Policy: The Costs and Benefits of Compliance

John Hudson (Editor), A Nijsen (Editor), C Muller (Editor), K van Paridon (Editor), R Thurik (Editor)

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For years, businesses have complained about the costs of regulatory compliance, arguing for freedom and flexibility through deregulation. On the other hand, society is becoming increasingly aware of the environmental, safety, health, financial, and other risks of business activity. Government oversight seems to be one of the answers to safeguard against these risks. But how can we deregulate and regulate at the same time, without jeopardizing our public goals or acting as a brake on economic growth? Entrepreneurs are particularly vulnerable: the costs of regulatory compliance may be prohibitive to business development, while the costs of non-compliance may land them in jail. Today, many instruments are available to assess the effects of laws regulating business. For example, the regulatory impact assessment (RIA), applied primarily in new or planned regulation, contains cost/benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, risk analysis, and cost assessments. The major limitation of the RIA is that it is conducted from the perspective of the government. The underlying theme of this book is that public goals will be achieved more effectively if compliance costs of the addressees—the enterprises—are as low as possible. Highlighting examples from a wide spectrum of industries and countries, the authors propose a new kind of RIA, the business impact assessment (BIA), designed to improve both business and public policy decision making. The result is a timely and incisive volume that will appeal to entrepreneurs and business leaders; regulators, lobbyists, and corporate lawyers; and researchers of entrepreneurship and business-government relations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)038777677X
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameInternational studies in entrepreneurship


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