Regulatory Encounters / Edition 1

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Regulatory Encounters reports on a path-breaking study of how government regulation of business in the United States differs in practice from regulation in other economically advanced democracies.

In each of ten in-depth case studies, the contributors to this volume compare a particular multinational corporation's experience with parallel regulatory regimes in the United States and in Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, and the European Union, noting precisely which regulatory precautions were actually implemented in each country. The regulatory systems analyzed include aspects of environmental protection, product safety, debt collection, employees' rights, and patent protection. The studies in Regulatory Encounters indicate that the adversarial and legalistic character of American regulation imposes higher costs and delays on economic activity than comparable regulatory regimes in other economically advanced democracies, and often does not generate higher levels of protection for the public.

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Meet the Author

Robert A. Kagan is Professor of Political Science and Director at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Going by the Book: The Problem of Regulatory Unreasonableness (1982) and Regulatory Justice: Implementing a Wage-Price Freeze (1978).
Lee Axelrad is an attorney in private practice in Sacramento, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1. How Much Do National Styles of Law Matter? 1
Part I Environmental Regulation
2. Poles Apart: Industrial Waste Management Regulation and Enforcement in the United States and Japan 33
3. Industrial Effluent Control in the United States and Japan 64
4. Investigation and Remediation of Contaminated Manufacturing Sites in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands 96
5. Siting Solid Waste Landfills: The Permit Process in California, Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands 122
6. The Air Pollution Permit Process for U.S. and German Automobile Assembly Plants 173
Part II Legal Rights and Litigation
7. Employee Termination Practices in the United States and Canada 225
8. Credit Card Debt Collection and the Law: Germany and the United States 255
9. Obtaining and Protecting Patents in the United States, Europe, and Japan 275
Part III Regulating Product Safety
10. Licensing Biologics in Europe and the United States 313
11. New Chemical Notification Laws in Japan, the United States, and the European Union 341
12. The Consequences of Adversarial Legalism 372
List of Contributors 415
Index 417
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