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Ania Zalewska speaks at launch of public report

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The Committee on Standards on Public Life (CPSL) recently invited Professor Ania Zalewska to speak at the launch of a report. Fellow speakers included Dame Deidre Hutton (Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority), Dermot Nolan (CEO of Ofgem) and Richard Thomas (CSPL and author of the Report).

The report, Striking the Balance external website, is the result of a CSPL review into how well regulators live up to the Seven Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).

The CSPL advises the Prime Minister on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK. It monitors and reports on issues relating to the standards of conduct of all public office holders.

In her speech Ania talked about the challenge of creating a stable regulatory environment in times of great innovation and technological progress.

She said:

If companies are to invest in heavily regulated sectors, where regulations will change frequently as technology develops, it is important that the regulatory agencies are seen to follow best practice and provide transparent decision making processes. The thinking behind decisions must be clearly articulated, so that investors and stakeholders can understand and predict how regulators may respond to changing markets.

The report's recommendation that regulators should publish and update their decision making processes is particularly welcome. It will give investors' confidence and help to establish clear expections amongst the regulated entities.

Ania has published a large amount of research on regulatory issues and previously took part in a CSPL expert roundtable discussion to assess the ethical standards of regulators. The School's Centre for Governance and Regulation is a leading academic and policy research centre for the design and implementation of governance and regulatory structures.

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