The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues [NOOK Book]

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The Half-Life of Policy Rationales argues that the appropriateness of policy depends on the state of technology, and that the justifications for many public policies are dissolving as technology advances. As new detection and metering technologies are being developed for highways, parking, and auto emissions, and information becomes more accessible and user-friendly, this volume argues that quality and safety are better handled by the private sector. As for public utilities, new means of producing and delivering ...

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Overview

The Half-Life of Policy Rationales argues that the appropriateness of policy depends on the state of technology, and that the justifications for many public policies are dissolving as technology advances. As new detection and metering technologies are being developed for highways, parking, and auto emissions, and information becomes more accessible and user-friendly, this volume argues that quality and safety are better handled by the private sector. As for public utilities, new means of producing and delivering electricity, water, postal, and telephone services dissolve the old natural-monopolies rationales of the government.

This volume includes essays on marine resources, lighthouses, highways, parking, auto emissions, consumer product safety, money and banking, medical licensing, electricity, water delivery, postal service, community governance, and endangered species. The editors have mobilized the hands-on knowledge of field experts to develop theories about technology and public policy. The Half-Life of Policy Rationales will be of interest to readers in public policy, technology, property rights, and economics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479859023
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Fred E. Foldvary is a Lecturer in Economics at Santa Clara University. He is author of Public Goods and Private Communities and Dictionary of Free Market Economics.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues 1
Pt. I Metering, Excluding, and Charging 19
1 Technology, Marine Conservation, and Fisheries Management 21
2 The Lighthouse as a Private-Sector Collective Good 38
3 Motorway Financing and Provision: Technology Favors a New Approach 47
4 Buying Time at the Curb 60
5 Fencing the Airshed: Using Remote Sensing to Police Auto Emissions 86
Pt. II Quality Assurance and Consumer Protection 107
6 Technology and the Case for Free Banking 109
7 Consumer Protection Regulation and Information on the Internet 125
8 Medical Licensing: Existing Public Policy and Technological Change 144
Pt. III Natural Monopoly? 159
9 Technology and Electricity: Overcoming the Umbilical Mentality 161
10 Avoiding the Grid: Technology and the Decentralization of Water 184
11 Technological Change and the Case for Government Intervention in Postal Services 208
Pt. IV Other Areas of Policy 225
12 The Entrepreneurial Community in Light of Advancing Business Practices and Technologies 227
13 Technology and the Protection of Endangered Species 243
About the Contributors 257
Index 263
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