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Accessing Laws and Regulations

Free and easy access to the laws and regulations governing society is a precondition for the rule of law. If citizens, businesses and social organizations do not know the rules by which they are expected to play, they are laid open to predatory regulators and broad-based corruption. More simply, the overarching uncertainty around the legal environment harms investment, social cohesion and trust.

For the Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance, the team asked government officials and the private sector whether the laws and regulations that are currently in effect are codified and available in a single place, and if so, where. The team also asks whether that registry or website is updated regularly and consolidated to contain all amendments and revisions.

We are currently undergoing data collection (Word, 265KB) and expanding the data coverage. Updated data are expected for release June 2016.