Citizen access to the government rulemaking process is central for the fostering trust in the state and ultimate adherence to the new regulations. It is also a key part of business environments in which investors make long-range plans and investments. Greater levels of consultation are associated with a higher quality of regulation.
For the Global Indicators of Regulatory Governance, the team asked government officials and the private sector whether notifications of proposed regulations were accompanied by stakeholder consultations, and if so, how. Answers ranged from online solicitation of comments to public meetings, closed-door sessions seeking the input of specific individuals, and no consultations at all.