Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Project XL / Edition 1

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Overview

Project XL (eXcellence and Leadership) was the flagship effort by the Clinton administration for 'cleaner, cheaper, and smarter' regulation. Under Project XL, business promised better performance in exchange for a regulatory approach focused more on results than means, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measuring pollution reduction across rather than at individual sources within a facility. Reinventing Environmental Regulation is a compelling account of the breakdown in negotiations to implement Project XL at a tape manufacturing plant of 3M, a company widely recognized as environmentally progressive. Marcus, Geffen, and Sexton discuss the conflicting goals of participants, the influences of personality and organizational culture, and complications caused by changes in 3M's external business environment. They compare the 3M case with EPA negotiations involving Intel, Merck, and Weyerhaeuser, finding similarly contentious, though less fatal disagreements about the meaning of 'superior environmental performance.' In common with other recent proposals, Project XL emphasized cooperative, flexible regulatory approaches. Reinventing Environmental Regulation demonstrates the difficulty of putting these appealing ideas into practice, while offering encouragement for continued innovations.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Reinventing Environmental Regulation affords a rare, in-depth look at efforts to implement an innovative environmental policy. Case descriptions along with thoughtful analysis produce important lessons for both public policymakers and corporate environmental managers.'
Stuart Hart, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

'Excellent treatment of the barriers to regulatory negotiation . . . a realistic account of what happens when government seeks to set policy based on consensus.'
Cary Coglianese, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891853098
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: RFF Press Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred A. Marcus is a professor in the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Donald A. Geffen is research associate at the Strategic Management Research Center at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Ken Sexton is Bond Professor of Environmental Health Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

1. Environmental Policy in Transition
2. Quid Pro Quo and the Birth of Project XL
3. Conflicting Goals
4. Complicating Factors
5. Drafting the 3M Proposal
6. Gaining EPA Support for the Agreement
7. Trying to Overcome Deadlock: The Practical Impediments
8. Intel, Merck, and Weyerhaeuser: Three XL Projects that Gained Approval
9. Comparing the Approved Projects with 3M's Proposal
10. Roadblocks to Cooperative Solutions
11. Creating a Platform for Experiments Appendix A: The Comparable Actions Test Appendix B: Next Steps at 3M-Hutchinson Appendix C: A More Unambiguous Definition of Superior Environmental Performance?
References Acknowledgements Index About the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2002

    Book is brilliant and profound; I learned so much from it!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the acute criticism of the failure of the bureaucratic system. I think that the authors not only provided an accurate portrayal of 3M and EPA's characters, but also constructively analyzes the process of argument and the paradoxes within business. Finally, a good book about business!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Excellent Analysis of How Regulation Really Works

    This book details the difficulties in reforming environmental regulation. It has interesting portraits of EPA and of companies that were involved in an interesting effort to change regulation. The insights about negotiation are worth the effort of reading this book.

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