Jeroen van der Heijden - Between evidence and experiments-based regulation: hybrids and nudges

This paper was presented as part of the Beyond best in practice: meeting the challenge workshop held on August 8, 2016.

Using hands on examples from a across a number areas of recent research including my own work on sustainable cities, this presentation bridges various lines of thinking in regulatory scholarship and the diffusion of innovation theory. The examples illustrate that innovation results from experiments that bring government together with industry/ civil society leaders and that hybrid regulatory tools (mixing mandatory and voluntary) and nudge-type approaches are needed to translate these experiments to instruments that are attractive to the majority of regulatees. Finally lessons from these instruments can then inform evidence-based regulation to bring the laggards in.

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