Volume 17 (2011) / Issue 3
This contribution explores the implications of the European Commission's choice to include reporting on consultation in the set of impact assessment (IA) requirements. The text book story on how IA and consultation can only strengthen one another and benefit the citizen is contrasted to some more problematic riskier aspects of this joint Better Regulation (BR) vehicle. It then zooms in on two different pathways to stronger (legal) embedding of consultation: through review and through social and institutional processes of incremental norm formation.
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