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06 January 2017

Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen publishes a new article

Ph.D. student Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen at the Department of Political Science and Centre for European Politics recently published a new article on better regulation in the European Union. The article "Defining ’Better’ – Investigating a New Framework to Understand Quality of Regulation" is being published in European Journal of Law Reform, 18/2, pp. 159-178. The article seeks to define and operationalize the concept of regulatory quality – a concept that has been the source of much misunderstanding and misuse.


Better regulation is a political and scholarly theme, which has gained in both relevance and salience throughout the last two decades or so. Regulatory quality is the epicentre of these discussions. Despite this, quality is seldom conceptualized in its own right. Thus, beyond loose principles, we are rarely aware of what we mean by ‘better’ regulation, and academic discussions hereof usually centre themselves on other topics such as meta-regulation and processes. This leaves the notion of quality hard to asses especially from a comparative perspective. In this article, a core concept of quality is suggested. This concept is founded on an acknowledgement of the importance of the legal texts when it comes to achieving regulatory aims and objectives. The concept and methodology proposed has components from both law and political science and is sought to be of relevance to scholars and practitioners alike. 

The article is available at