Mark Fell: Manifesto for Smarter Intervention in Complex Systems

Mark Fell, Managing Director, Carré & Strauss with an Introduction by Hanne Melin, Policy Strategy Counsel, eBay Inc. From the Introduction: „Indeed, the European Parliament embarked in 2011 on an exercise to identify changes needed to prepare for the complex environment resulting from a “multi-polar world where governance is more and more a multi- level one, involving multiple actors in decision making and implementation”4 and where technologies are accelerating change.
In parallel, the European Commission has reorganized one of its Directorates-General to better “face the challenges of the next ten years in a digital world”5 by inter alia setting up a Complex Systems unit.
I see these actions as products of an evolu- tion in policy thinking on how to “grapple with far more complexity than before” – as Chan Lai Fung, then Chairman of Singa- pore’s Smart Regulation Committee, defined the challenge already in 2006.
So where do we go from here? European Commissioner Neelie Kroes is right when she says that we need “new legal frameworks and a new way of thinking”.7 We need the framework that pulls together the evolution in thinking and importantly lets also policymaking detach from form, rigid division between regulators and the public, and a preference for control.
To my knowledge, no one has yet proposed that framework. Now, with this Manifesto someone finally has!”
Hanne is Policy Strategy Counsel at eBay and formerly associate in the EU competition law practice of Sidley Austin LLP based in Brussels

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