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Meet the critics: Analyzing the EU Commission’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board through quantitative text analysis

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As part of the “better regulation” agenda, the European Commission created a semi-independent institution, the Regulatory Scrutiny Board, to monitor the preparation of policy proposals. The position of this Board is potentially wide-ranging. A proposal that is not given the green light by it cannot proceed in the Commission's internal decisionmaking process. But so far, the Board has only received scant scholarly attention. We provide a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board on the Commission's policy preparation. Using machine learning techniques and quantitative text analysis, we study 673 Board opinions and compare almost 100 draft and final policy proposals. Our findings show that the Board is an active watchdog that is taken seriously by the Commission's departments. A full understanding of policy preparation in the EU therefore requires more scholarly attention to the Regulatory Scrutiny Board.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegulation & Governance
Pages (from-to)1436-1453
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • European Commission, European Union, impact assessment, policy preparation, regulatory scrutiny

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