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Regulatory reform has been on the agenda of the Danish government for over two decades. Initial policies for regulatory quality and simplification were established in the early 1980s as part of a comprehensive deregulation programme to modernise the economy. They aimed at removing regulations harmful to the competitiveness of the business sector. Over the years the focus of policy moved from "deregulation" to "regulatory quality". Better Regulation policy today is part of Denmark's set of forward‐looking reforms to sustain the positive economic and social performance of recent years. The government's current reform programme aims to address upcoming social and economic challenges, and puts fiscal sustainability as the overarching objective. Improving public services is another central element of the government's strategy. The aim of the Quality Reform launched by the government in August 2007 is to create a more efficient administration and unlock resources which can be used to improve welfare services. The importance attached to Better Regulation reflects these aims, and Better Regulation is seen as a means of contributing not only to the competitiveness of the economy, but also to meeting social and quality of life goals.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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