Customized Regulations: How the Dutch Experienced the Reduction of the Burdens Imposed by Regulations

  • Leo G. M. Stevens
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 20)


This chapter stipulates the opposite developments of globalization and Europeanizing on the one hand and, on the other hand, the need for customized regulations. The average citizen and entrepreneur is afraid that the most essential part of the regulation, the flexibility and the content, based on his own responsibility, will be under threat. There is no doubt whatsoever that there are great efficiency benefits to be reaped there. It would be wise to harvest these. Time will learn with what speed and to what extent this change will have to be made. It will be necessary to reduce the burden of regulations, but in doing so to pay attention to not only quantitative but also qualitative objectives. The way in which the pressure of regulations is experienced must also be taken into account. It is possible to choose for another implementation and supervisory culture. We must be willing to take the risk of choosing an approach that aims more strongly to achieve a relationship with the citizen and businesses that is based on trust and that gives them greater responsibility for filling in the method of implementation. In other words, we need to change from a stop and go traffic light system of regulations to the smooth flow of the roundabout.


Compliance Cost Administrative Burden Fiscal Measure Traffic Light System Professional Requirement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdam

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