Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health, and Safety / Edition 1

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Is there potential for a U.S. regulatory system that is more efficient and effective? Or is the future likely to involve 'paralysis by analysis'? Improving Regulation considers the challenges faced by the regulatory system as society and technology change, and our knowledge about the effects of our activities on human and planetary health becomes more sophisticated. While considering the difficulty in linking regulatory design and performance, Improving Regulation makes the case for empowering regulatory analysis. Studying applications as diverse as fire protection, air and water pollution, and genetics, its contributors examine the strategies of different stakeholders in today's complex policymaking environment. With a focus on the behavior of institutions and people, they consider the impact that organizational politics, science, technology, and performance have on regulation. They explore the role of technology in creating and reducing uncertainty, the costs of control, the potential involvement of previously unregulated sectors, and the contentious public debates about fairness and participation in regulatory policy. Arguing that the success of many regulations depends upon their acceptance by the public, Fischbeck, Farrow, and their contributors offer extensive, inductive evidence on the art of regulatory analysis. The resulting book provides 'real world' examples of regulation, and a demonstration of how to synthesize analytical skills with a knowledge of physical and social processes.

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'By detailing complexities and uncertainties across a broad spectrum of regulatory problems, Improving Regulation takes the reader beyond platitudes about cleaner and cheaper environmental regulation and offers insights in'
Researchers in engineering, economics, and other fields evaluate the effects of regulations concerning environmental health and safety by looking at the details of conditions on the ground. They also suggest how regulation could be changed to address problems more effectively or efficiently. The disk contains a benefit-cost template for regulatory analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891853111
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: RFF Press Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul S. Fischbeck is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Social Policy and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

R. Scott Farrow is director of the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Challenge of Improving Regulation
Paul S. Fischbeck, R. Scott Farrow, and M. Granger Morgan
Part I: Institutions and Performance
2. Safe Drinking Water—Safe Sites: Interaction between the Safe Drinking Water Act and Superfund, 1969-1995
Jared N. Day
3. The First Federal Drinking Water Quality Standards and Their Evolution: A History from 1914 to 1974
Patrick Gurian and Joel A. Tarr
4. The Unintended Consequence of Reformulated Gasoline
David Stikkers
5. The Barriers to Corporate Pollution Prevention: An Analysis of Three Cases
James Boyd
6. The Political Economy of Interstate Public Policy: Power-Sector Restructuring and Transboundary Air Pollution
Alex Farrell
Part II: Behavior and Perception
7. Behaviorally Realistic Regulation
Donna M. Riley, Baruch Fischoff, Mitchell J. Small, and Paul S. Fischbeck
8. The Impact of Industrial Strategy and Expert Information on Eco-Labels
Alain Nadaï
9. Trade-Offs among Environmental, Human Health, and Quality-of-Life Impacts
James N. Follin and Paul S. Fischbeck
10. The Use of Public Risk Ranking in Regulatory Development
Michael L. DeKay, H. Keith Florig, Paul S. Fischbeck, M. Granger Morgan, Kara M. Morgan, Baruch Fischoff, and Karen E. Jenni
Part III: Uncertainty and Technology
11. Performance with Uncertainty: A Process for Implementing Performance-Based Fire Regulations
Kathy Notarianni and Paul S. Fischbeck
12. Genetic Testing and the Workplace: A Case Analysis of Chronic Beryllium Disease
Rafael A. Ponce, Scott M. Bartell, Elaine M. Faustman, and Timothy K. Takaro
13. International Technology Policy: Challenges in Regulating Ship Emissions
James J. Corbett and Paul S. Fischbeck
14. Private Eyes in the Sky: Implications of Remote Sensing Technology for Enforcing Environmental Regulation
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy J. Brennan
Part IV: Evaluating Design and Performance
15. Workplace Accident and Compliance Monitoring: The Case of Offshore Platform Inspections
John R. Shultz and Paul S. Fischbeck
16. Evaluating Occupational Safety Costs and Policy in an Input-Output Framework
Deanna H. Matthews and Lester B. Lave
17. Integrating Performance in the Design of a Water Pollution Trading Program
Martin T. Schultz and Mitchell J. Small
18. Analysis of the Benefits and Costs of Clean Air
H. Scott Matthews
19. Facilitating Regulatory Design and Stakeholder Participation: The FERET Template with an Application to the Clean Air Act
R. Scott Farrow, Eva Wong, Rafael A. Ponce, Elaine M. Faustman, and Richard O. Zerbe
20. Epilogue: The Challenge of Improving Regulation
Paul S. Fischbeck and R. Scott Farrow

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