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Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Project XL
     

Reinventing Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Project XL

by Alfred A. Professor Marcus
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136525988
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
3 MB

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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