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The Politics Of The Ex Ante Evaluation Of Legislation

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Ex ante evaluation of legislation is an off spring of the rational model of decision-making. Ex ante evaluation of legislation and its subcategories of evaluation like regulatory impact assessment (RIA) reflect the concept of formal rationality. Programme evaluation and its cousin ex ante evaluation of legislation are inherently and unavoidably political. This chapter therefore, explores the functions and requirements of ex ante evaluations as part of the political process. On the basis of the analytical distinction between information deficits and information asymmetries using concepts of principal agent theory, the potential benefits and limitations of ex ante evaluations in the political process are examined. The chapter concludes with some reflections on ex post evaluation.

Keywords: ex ante evaluations; information deficiencies; regulatory impact assessment (RIA)



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