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About the Osservatorio AIR

The Observatory on Italian Independent Regulators’ RIA, was founded in 2009 following an agreement drawn up between the Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Tuscia (Viterbo) and the Faculty of Law of the “Parthenope” University of Naples. The observatory consists of political scientists, economists, jurists and communication experts (the team).

Its President is Fabrizio Di Mascio. Its main purpose is to constantly monitor the application of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) methodology and better regulation tools in Italy, also by the Italian Independent Regulators with regulatory and surveillance powers in the economic sector. It also produces analyses, papers and case studies as well as investigations and comparisons with the most significant international experiences.

Scientific Board: Claudio M. Radaelli (President). Alberto Alemanno, Lorenzo Allio, Peter Biegelbauer, Federica Cacciatore, Edoardo Chiti, Fabrizio De Francesco, Fabrizio Di Mascio, Valerio Di Porto, Efisio Espa, Oliver Fritsch, Elizabeth Golberg, Antonio La Spina, Alessandro Natalini, Patricia Popelier, Nicoletta Rangone, Siriana Salvi, Francesco Sarpi, Lorna Schrefler, Miroslava Sholten, Ilde Rizzo, Giulio Vesperini, Helen Xanthaki, Davide Zaottini.

Submit your papers

The Observatory on Impact Assessment (Osservatorio AIR) invites both senior and junior scholars (including PhD students), as well as practitioners and experts to submit both papers and paper proposals in English for publication on the Observatory website, in “I paper dell’Osservatorio AIR” series (ISSN: 2280-8698).

Submissions are accepted on a permanent basis on the following themes: impact assessment, ex post evaluation, stakeholder consultations, behavioral economics, burden reduction initiatives, regulatory transparency and European comitology procedures.

Research papers must be original and no longer than 8,000 words (footnotes included). Paper proposals should be at least 150 words long, but longer and more fully-developed abstracts up to 500 words are welcome and encouraged where possible. All contributions will undergo peer review.

Contributions must be sent (in .doc or .docx format) to, together with the Author’s/Authors’ qualification.

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Osservatorio AIR | Annual workshops

2019 Annual Workshop Osservatorio AIR: Alternative Modes of Evaluating EU Impact Assessments and Regulation

The workshop aims to advance available techniques and approaches for evaluating Impact Assessments (IA) and regulation. A comprehensive analysis of the quality of IA and regulation should aim to capture the relationship between policy makers on the one hand, and business, scientific communities, independent regulatory agencies, and private consultancies on the one hand. Especially in times of an externalization and pluralization of policy advisory landscapes, it is also relevant to ask which knowledge feeds into IAs and regulations and of which quality it is. Another key dimension of empirical research is the institutional environment that affects the production of knowledge.

The workshop sheds light on these aspects of the regulatory process by reflecting on alternative approaches to assess the quality of IA and regulation.

The following research questions will guide the workshop:

  • What are emerging models for evaluating IA and regulation and what are their advantages and disadvantages vis-à-vis more common methodologies?
  • To what extent does scientific literature increase the knowledge of regulators?
  • What is the role of consultancy in producing knowledge for regulatory reform? To what extent policy makers control such external production of knowledge?
  • To what extent can comparative analyses of IA and regulation conducted by different institutions on the same policy issues contribute to our understanding of the quality of the policy appraisal system?
  • What are the main policy recommendations for evaluating IA systems stemming from “alternative” models for evaluation IA and regulation?
  • How can we design composite indicators that capture the institutional quality of regulatory governance?

Date and location

Rome, 7 June 2019
Sala Polifunzionale, Presidency of the Council of Ministers | Via Santa Maria in Via, 37/a



2018 Edition: Towards effective enforcement of EU Law and Policies: Institutional Innovations

2017 Edition: Osservatorio AIR Annual Workshop on National Regulatory Agencies in a Multi-Level Setting: Towards a Synthesis

2016 Edition: Osservatorio AIR Annual Workshop on Transparency and Regulatory Enforcement