The Handbook

The Handbook: “How to regulate?” presents regulatory techniques of nine jurisdictions and a basic universal method. It is currently used by government officials and parliamentarians in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is made available free of charge because better regulations benefit us all.

Access here in English (original) or
in French (translation).

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The logic and research of the Regulatory Institute is underpinned by the method outlined in the Handbook, and receives further methodological input from its author and Founder, Mr Kohler. In the last 25 years of professional regulatory activity, Mr Kohler has strengthened more than 150 regulatory acts and trained around 300 officials responsible for many different policy fields.

The chapters of the Handbook cover the following:

  • Introduction
  • Laying the ground
  • Risks and performances
  • Enforcement
  • Other implementation questions
  • Miscellaneous
  • Working methods and ethics
  • Integral quality verification

The purpose of the Handbook is to assist officials involved in regulatory activities. It can also be used as a basis for training courses or for self-training of regulatory techniques.

This Handbook is not intended to be read from A to Z. Instead, readers are invited to pick and choose the sections that are relevant to them. [As a consequence, it is sometimes necessary to repeat some content. Some content is relevant under different aspects and therefore needs to be displayed in different Sections.] The Handbook was not developed to be the authoritative source of how to regulate. It should be used as a first orientation and as an intellectual exercise for how to start to regulate. The Handbook explores the empty space between:

  • the constitution or similar documents setting the legal frame,
  • the sector-specific policies followed by the government, administration, or institution,
  • the impact assessment, better regulation, simplification, and other regulatory policies,
  • applicable drafting instructions or recommendations, and
  • the procedural settings of the respective jurisdiction.