Holding public debates on draft regulatory acts as an effective mechanism for preventing corruption in local governments

  • Oksana Sokolovska Dnipropetrovsk regional institute for public administration National academy for public administration under the President of Ukraine
  • Kostiantyn Somsikov Dnipropetrovsk regional institute for public administration National academy for public administration under the President of Ukraine
Keywords: local self-government bodies, regulatory body, draftsman of the regulatory act, responsible structural unit, comments and proposals, public event, indirect (non-public) event, subjects of public discussion, corruption

Abstract

The article explores the peculiarities of conducting public discussions on draft regulatory acts, theinteraction of local self-government bodies and the public in implementing the principles of state regulatorypolicy. Attention is drawn to the problems that arise at the local level regarding the need for additionalregulatory regulation of the procedure of documenting (registration, protocoling, fixing) the actions ofregulatory bodies to comply with the key procedure of adoption and mandatory consideration of all publiccomments and proposals to the published draft regulatory acts argumentation and justification in case ofrejection.The article defines the peculiarities of public discussion of draft regulatory acts by local governmentsin the context of the fight against corruption.As practice shows, public consultation with stakeholders should be conducted at the earliest stage ofthe rulemaking process to increase efficiency. If the draft legal act is actually prepared and its concept isformed, the results of stakeholder analysis will not matter to the developer. In turn, the draft acts preparedin the light of the results of the analysis of the public discussion were more transparent and objective.Thus, public discussion and further analysis of the benefits and costs, as well as the risks associatedwith established regulation, increase the likelihood that in the course of an open public discussion the draftregulatory act will be met without imposing unnecessary administrative constraints on activities of businessentities and possible reduction of corruption manifestations in local government decision making.Thus, in our opinion, public discussion is an effective and effective tool for preventing and combatingcorruption, establishing an open dialogue between business and government in the matter of promptcollection of expert opinions.

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Published
2019-11-11
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Sokolovska, O., & Somsikov, K. (2019). Holding public debates on draft regulatory acts as an effective mechanism for preventing corruption in local governments. Public Administration Aspects, 7(8), 60-68. https://doi.org/10.15421/151941
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