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Implementation of Regulations : How Implementation Checks support the Exchange of Information between Ministry and Agency

Vos, Bastiaan (2009) Implementation of Regulations : How Implementation Checks support the Exchange of Information between Ministry and Agency.

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Abstract:This study was conducted at the Dutch agency Dienst Regelingen (DR). DR is responsible for the implementation of a large amount of national and European regulations. The implementation of these regulations is usually assigned by the Ministry of LNV. The agency witnessed the consequences of the steering on output and cost reduction. DR is responsible only for implementation, while the regulations are designed at the Ministry of LNV. This has consequences for the exchange of information between the Ministry of LNV and DR. One way to improve the exchange of information between the Ministry of LNV and DR is to make use of implementation checks (ICs). These implementation checks help to indicate consequences of new regulations, especially for the organization responsible for implementation. The assignment for this study was to indicate how the use and performance of these instruments could be improved. In order to construct a theoretical argument, the theory of Scott was deployed. This theory states that human actions are determined by regulative, normative and cognitive structures and that these structures determine whether an individual acts or not. This theory also helps to explain why people within organizations act or do not act. In order to examine how ICs function within organizations, the study makes the assumption that ICs are an appropriate tool to exchange information between Ministry and agency. The ICs are embedded in a so-called normative system and are in this system considered an appropriate measure to achieve certain goals. In order to function and perform well, the normative system needs to be supported by a certain degree of rules (regulative) and the organizational setting in which individuals operate (cognitive). The hypothesis tested holds that the degree of harmonization between these three structures, determines the performance of the set of ICs. A case-study on organizational level and a comparison with two other cases has shown that this true until proven otherwise. The degree of harmonization has a positive impact on the performance of the set of instruments. The most important recommendation for DR is that, for the ICs to function better, they need to be supported by more internal rules and regulative structures, in order for people to comply and perform ICs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Ministry LNV
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60332
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