Why are laws sometimes never implemented? Why is there a gap between laws on the books and how laws function in practice? This difference - known as an implementation gap - must be addressed to mitigate corruption and ensure good public governance, especially in developing countries.
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and Global Integrity discussed their newly released guidebook, Improving Public Governance: Closing the Implementation Gap Between Law and Practice, on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 11:00am – 1:00 pm at the OpenGov Hub.
From the guidebook:
"Ultimately, the solution to addressing implementation gaps is to prevent them from occurring by building legal and regulatory frameworks that include mechanisms for cost-benefit analysis of proposed legislation and through the harmonization of different lawas to foster implementation. The solution also lies in strengthening the key pillars of integrity in governance to create a system where the incentive structure for government officials and other social actors are such that laws are soundly crafted from the beginning and there exists the political will, state capacity, and public support to implement them."