Kenya’s Use of the Regulatory Compliance Theory of Diminishing Returns

I have posted several blog-feeds previously on how Kenya has been very creatively utilizing the regulatory compliance theory of diminishing returns in several industries when it comes to regulatory development and analyses. It has become evident in theses being produced at the university level as well as faculty research being published. This is an excellent example of a developing country taking an out-of-the-box approach to regulatory analysis which should yield both effective and efficient results for their country. Rather than getting into the argument as many highly industrialized countries have done about either more or less regulations, Kenya has embraced the new theory (Fiene, 2016, 2019, 2022) in the search for the productive regulations that produce the greatest output/outcome. I would hope that other countries would follow Kenya’s example as they develop and revise their rules and regulations.

Fiene, Richard, Theory of Regulatory Compliance (October 1, 2016). Available at SSRN or

Fiene, R. (2019). A treatise on Regulatory Compliance. Journal of Regulatory Science, Volume 7, 2019.

Regulatory Compliance Monitoring Paradigms and the Relationship of Regulatory Compliance/Licensing with Program Quality: A Policy Commentary, Journal of Regulatory Science, Volume 10, 2022.

About Dr Fiene

Dr. Rick Fiene has spent his professional career in improving the quality of child care in various states, nationally, and internationally. He has done extensive research and publishing on the key components in improving child care quality through an early childhood program quality indicator model of training, technical assistance, quality rating & improvement systems, professional development, mentoring, licensing, risk assessment, differential program monitoring, and accreditation. Dr. Fiene is a retired professor of human development & psychology (Penn State University) where he was department head and director of the Capital Area Early Childhood Research and Training Institute.
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