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Overview

That America's natural environment has been degraded and despoiled over the past 25 years is beyond dispute. Nor has there been any shortage of reasons why-short-sighted politicians, a society built on over-consumption, and the dramatic weakening of environmental regulations.

In Retaking Rationality, Richard L. Revesz and Michael A. Livermore argue convincingly that one of the least understood-and most important-causes of our failure to protect the environment has been a misguided rejection of reason. The authors show that environmentalists, labor unions, and other progressive groups have declined to participate in the key governmental proceedings concerning the cost-benefit analysis of federal regulations. As a result of this vacuum, industry groups have captured cost-benefit analysis and used it to further their anti-regulatory ends. Beginning in 1981, the federal Office of Management and Budget and the federal courts have used cost-benefit analysis extensively to determine which environmental, health, and safety regulations are approved and which are sent back to the drawing board. The resulting imbalance in political participation has profoundly affected the nation's regulatory and legal landscape. But Revesz and Livermore contend that economic analysis of regulations is necessary and that it needn't conflict with-and can in fact support-a more compassionate approach to environmental policy. Indeed, they show that we cannot give up on rationality if we truly want to protect our natural environment.

Retaking Rationality makes clear that by embracing and reforming cost-benefit analysis, and by joining reason and compassion, progressive groups can help enact strong environmental and public health regulation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195368574
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Revesz is Dean and Lawrence King Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude in Civil Engineering and Public Affairs from Princeton University, received an M.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT, and was awarded his J.D. by Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States, Dean Revesz joined the NYU Law faculty in 1985, received tenure in 1990, and was appointed dean in 2002. He has published more than 50 articles and books on environmental and administrative law. His work on issues of federalism and environmental regulation, the valuation of human life and the use of cost-benefit analysis, and the design of liability rules for environmental protection has set the agenda for environmental law scholars for the past decade. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Michael A. Livermore is currently a law clerk to the Honorable Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the NYU Law Review. Between 1995 and 2002, Livermore worked for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) where he was a leading voice of the state's environmental community and helped pass one of the strongest Superfund/Brownfield laws in the country. He has published several pieces of legal scholarship on topics including environmental regulation and international food safety standards. In 2006-2007 Livermore was the postdoctoral fellow at NYU Law's Center for Environmental and Land Use Law.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Reason and Compassion     1
Decisions Are Made by Those Who Show Up
The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis     9
The Walls Go Up     21
Missed Opportunities     31
Winning the Good Fight (Sometimes)     47
Eight Fallacies of Cost-Benefit Analysis
All Unintended Consequences Are Bad     55
Wealth Equals Health     67
Older People Are Less Valuable     77
People Cannot Adapt     85
People Always Want to Put Off Bad Things     95
We Are Worth More than Our Children     107
People Value Only What They Use     119
Industry Cannot Adapt     131
The Sum of All the Fallacies     145
Instituting Regulatory Rationality
Regulatory Hurdles     151
Shaky Foundation     163
Rethinking OIRA     171
Balancing the Scales     185
Epilogue: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies     191
Acknowledgments     195
Notes     197
Index     237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Insightful and Accessible

    This book is nothing short of brilliant. Rivesz and Livermore have sent a wake-up call to advocates and administrators across the country: use reasoned arguments, analysis, and economics -- these tools are on your side. Rivesz and Livermore take the reader step-by-step through the important history of cost-benefit-analysis and then through a set of misconceptions/abuses and proposals on how to advocate for change. This accessible book contains a good deal of humor and riveting stories (with footnotes, of course) to make the reader feel comfortable dealing with a subject that many people think is complicated. It should be considered a guide to making our regulations better, our environment cleaner, and our world more sustainable.

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