Gold-Plating: Methodological Approach

This paper aims to reflect on the conceptual elements of the gold-plating and over-regulation phenomena, to identify the instances in which it occurs and how to classify them on the types of harms that they may cause, and the positive externalities that may have motivated them – from environmental protection to consumer welfare. Some methodologies for this identification and classification will be proposed, which will be employed to analyze practical case studies for reciprocal learning. The aim of this panel will be to discuss the methodological approaches (and its findings) to highlight their issues and propose possible solutions to the overregulation phenomenon, useful to achieve a “better regulation” in different legislative realities.