REraGI (Englisch)

Political relevance
Regulatory experiments have several attractive features. Firstly, experiments that are limited in time and space offer the regulator an opportunity to test the interactions between different regulatory options and innovations before introducing them economy-wide. As such, innovations can also easier be introduced into governance itself. Secondly, regulatory experiments can serve as a means to open up for participative elements in governance processes by promoting interactions between the civil society, innovative actors and the regulator.

Research contribution
During the research project, we examine national and international case studies in order to identify procedures for testing and evaluating regulatory options in fields with high technological or social innovation dynamics.

More precisely, we will answer the following questions:

  • Which lessons can be drawn from (inter-)national regulatory experiments in order to assist policy makers to formalize such governance structures for future innovation processes?
  • Which fields of innovations are suited for regulatory experiments?
  • How should scientific sound and practically applicable guidelines for regulatory experiments look like?
  • How can the Federal Ministry of Education and Research introduce regulatory experiments?

Project partners:

  • Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research at the University of Göttingen
  • Institute for Small Business Economics at the University of Göttingen (ifh Göttingen)
  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences – Society for institutional analysis (sofia)
  • Öko-Institut – Institute for Applied Ecology


Feser, D., Winkler-Portmann, S., Bischoff, T. S., Bauknecht, D., Bizer, K., Führ, M., Heyen, D. A., Proeger, T., von der Leyen, K. & Vogel, M. (2021). Institutional conditions for the up-take of governance experiments – A comparative case study. ifh Working Papers (No. 28). Göttingen. Download

Bischoff, T. S., Von der Leyen, K.,  Winkler-Portmann, S.,  Bauknecht, D.,  Bizer, K.,  Englert, M.,  Führ, M.,  Heyen, D. A.,  Gailhofer, P.,  Proeger, T. &  Vogel, M. (2020). Regulatory experimentation as a tool to generate learning processes and govern innovation – An analysis of 26 international cases. sofia-Diskussionsbeiträge, 20-7, Darmstadt. Download

Bauknecht, D., Bischoff, T., Bizer, K., Führ, M., Gailhofer, P., Heyen, D. A., Proeger, T. & Von der Leyen, K. (2020). Exploring the pathways: Regulatory experiments for Sustainable Development – an interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Governance and Regulation 9 (3), 49-71. – Download


The project is funded for two years by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.