“Temporary Legislation, Better Regulation and Experimentalist Governance: An Empirical Study”

Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov has posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This article presents the findings of an extensive multi-method empirical study that explored the relationship between temporary legislation, better regulation, and experimentalist governance. Temporary (or “sunset”) legislation, statutes enacted for a limited time and set to expire unless their validity is extended, is often hailed as a key tool for promoting experimental and better regulation. Despite the importance of temporary legislation and the bourgeoning theoretical scholarship on the subject, there is still a dearth of empirical studies about how temporary legislation is used in practice. The lack of empirical evidence creates a lacuna in at least three areas of theoretical scholarship, concerning temporary legislation, better regulation, and experimentalist governance. This paper is a first step in filling this gap.


The paper has recently won the Giandomenico Majone Prize, awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research’s Standing Group on Regulatory Governance, for the best conference paper at its 6th Biennial Conference on ‘Between Collaboration and Contestation: Regulatory Governance in a Turbulent World’ at Tilburg Law School.

Looking forward to reading this!


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