Democratizing Regulation? Transparency and Public Participation in the Regulatory Process

Berlin, Germany | November 17, 2008

Regulation holds significant implications for society, affecting the economy and implicating many core social values, such as equity, efficiency and liberty. Yet in many countries, regulatory decisions are made by unelected career officials, only indirectly accountable to the public. To square the significance of regulatory policymaking with a commitment to democratic principles, governments often create administrative procedures to promote transparency and provide opportunities for public participation in the regulatory process.

This panel discussion was co-sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of its second annual International Regulatory Reform Conference.

Panel Chair: Cary Coglianese, Director, Penn Program on Regulation, United States


  • John D. Graham, Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, United States
  • Chris Jetten, Desk Officer, Better Regulation and Impact Assessment Unit, Secretariat general, European Commission, Belgium
  • Ragnar Loffstedt, Director, Centre of Risk Management, King's College London, United Kingdom
  • Ortwin Renn, Chair of Environmental Sociology, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Peter L. Strauss, Professor, Columbia Law School, United States

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