From Red Tape to Smart Tape: Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

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This report reviews policies and tools used in OECD countries to reduce administrative burdens.

From Red Tape to Smart Tape: Administrative Simplification in OECD Countries

Governments increasingly focus on efforts to make administrative regulations simpler and less burdensome for citizens and business in OECD countries. This report looks at a set of commonly used tools and practices, such as one-stop shops (physical as well as electronic), simplification of permits and license procedures, time-limits for decision-making, assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing regulations, methods to measure administrative burdens, organisational and structural approaches to administrative simplification and the use of IT-driven mechanisms.

The use of these instruments are leading to new and more effective strategies to administrative simplification in any areas. In this respect, “smart tape” may soon be a more appropriate label for many governments’ approach to administrative regulations.


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