How can regulatory systems be assessed? The case of earthquake preparedness in Israel

Deborah F. Shmueli, Michal Ben Gal, Ehud Segal, Amnon Reichman, Eran Feitelson

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Abstract

The aim of evaluating a regulatory system is to enable governments to improve the ways in which they function, regulate, and prioritize attention and resources to the system as a whole. Academic and professional literatures provide useful principles with which to proceed. However, off-the-shelf methods for assessing regulatory systems with generic characteristics are scarce. The Regulatory System Scan and Assessment methodology was designed for this purpose and applied to the current regulatory framework that governs Israel’s actions to plan—mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover—from the damage which may be caused by a severe earthquake. Although there is oftentimes widespread agreement concerning the existence of problems in a regulatory system, there is rarely consensus or a thorough understanding of what those problems are. Only when problems are identified can policy makers create viable and effective solutions. Development of the Regulatory System Scan and Assessment is a step toward addressing this challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-98
Number of pages19
JournalEvaluation
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was undertaken at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa, Israel, and funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology.

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© The Author(s) 2018.

Keywords

  • complex regulatory systems
  • disruptive frictions and gaps
  • earthquake planning
  • regulatory impact analysis
  • regulatory system evaluation
  • stakeholder and expert opinion-embedded methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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