© 2017 – Routledge
292 pages | 13 B/W Illus.
Regulatory change is typically understood as a response to significant crises like the Great Depression, or salient events that focus public attention, like Earth Day 1970. Without discounting the importance of these kinds of events, change often assumes more gradual and less visible forms. But how do we ‘see’ change, and what institutions and processes are behind it? In this book, author Marc Eisner brings these questions to bear on the analysis of regulatory change, walking the reader through a clear-eyed and careful examination of:
Demonstrating that transparency and accountability – the hallmarks of public regulation – are increasingly absent, and that deregulation was but one factor in our most recent significant financial collapse, the Great Recession, this book urges readers to look beyond deregulation and consider the broader political implications for our current system of voluntary participation in regulatory programs and the proliferation of public-private partnerships. This book provides an accessible introduction to the complex topic of regulatory politics, ideal for upper-level and graduate courses on regulation, government and business, bureaucratic politics, and public policy.
About the Author
List of Figures
Chapter One: A Tale of Two Crises
Chapter Two: Making Sense of Regulatory Change
Chapter Three: Competing Approaches to Institutional Design
Chapter Four: Costs, Benefits, and Battles over the Regulatory State
Chapter Five: Polarization, Gridlock, and Regulatory Drift
Chapter Six: Environmental Protection and the Persistence of Partnerships
Chapter Seven: Workplace Safety and the Return of the Voluntary Regulator
Chapter Eight: Deepwater Drift and the Disaster in the Gulf
Chapter Nine: Regulating the Wrong Things and the Financial Crisis
Chapter Ten: Beyond Deregulation