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Ascend Magazine covered a lot of ground in its inaugural year, investigating topics ranging from cannabis licensure in the U.S., to use cases of data virtualization in regulation. For our final article of 2022, we looked back on the year to recap the five articles that most fascinated our readers. 

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Ascend Magazine covered a lot of ground in its inaugural year. In addition to providing in-depth analysis on topics ranging from cannabis licensure in the U.S., to use cases of data virtualization in regulation, to the history of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), we also featured some of the most prominent voices in regulation from around the world – including David Benton, Dr. Marie Bismark, and Martin Fletcher.

For our final article of 2022, we’re looking back on the year to recap the five articles that most fascinated our readers.

1. Self-regulation in Canada: How do professionals police themselves?

Though the idea of regulation calls to mind federal involvement in business operations, many industries hold their practitioners accountable without government intervention, thanks to the formation of what are called self-regulatory bodies. In our most-read article of 2022, writer Jordan Milian explores self-regulation as it pertains to professional licensing in Canada, including the theory behind self-regulation, the powers that self-regulators have, and who holds them accountable.

2. Professional associations: How are they different from regulators?

In the simplest terms, professional associations serve the interests of members while regulators serve the interest of the public. But on closer inspection, it’s more complicated than that. Many of their goals, interests, and activities can be similar, and in some cases, it can be difficult to tell if an organization is a professional association or a regulator at first glance. This article from January 2022 breaks down what professional associations do and how they are both similar and different from regulatory bodies.

3. What are the least and most regulated states in America?

The regulatory landscape varies substantially between U.S. states. In addition to having a great impact on how citizens live and work, the extent of state regulations has far-reaching implications for the vibrancy and efficiency of economies overall. But what are the most regulated states? And which are the least? In this article published in May 2022, Ariel Visconti answers these questions using insights from the Mercatus Center’s State RegData project.

4. How can we reduce record levels of health care burnout and distress?

Health care professionals are experiencing record levels of distress and burnout after nearly three years of working on the frontlines of the pandemic. In this Ascend article from October, we explored the roots of this issue with insights from Australian researcher and physician Dr. Marie Bismark, and discussed potential actions that employers, medical boards, and policymakers could take to improve working conditions and remove barriers that are discouraging many from seeking treatment.

5. Is regulation a constant or a variable? Harry Cayton explores.

Is regulation a constant or a variable? How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at these questions and more in this Voices article published in June.

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Ariel Visconti
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Ariel Visconti researches and writes on government and politics, regulation, occupational licensing, and emerging technologies.

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