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Reducing Regulation and Control

These recommendations continue the spirit of our 1998 recommendations. Unlike our recommendations in 1998, however, we now put less emphasis on Congress doing the heavy lifting. We also conclude that no matter who is in charge of developing and maintaining regulations, the regulations will be more supportive of the economy and the public interest—as well as more sustainable over time—if based on broadly defined, commonly agreed-upon economic principles rather than narrowly defined technical rules. If we are to improve the regulatory policymaking process and the ultimate quality and effectiveness of the regulations themselves, we will need to determine which entities are best able to consider, construct, administer, and review regulations in ways that help businesses, the economy, and our society. (See a more detailed discussion of issues of stakeholder involvement in Appendix 4.) Reorienting our approach to regulation in this way will help to achieve our goal of regulations that are better justified and regularly monitored, reevaluated, and scrutinized to be economically smarter, not just administratively simpler.Appendices