The Politics of Regulatory Change: A Tale of Two Agencies

Paperback | October 1, 1994

byRichard A. Harris, Sidney M. Milkis

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The past three decades have brought remarkable change in American regulatory politics. The re-emergence of public interest movements in the sixties and seventies raised fundamental questions about our market economy and dramatically expanded the government's regulatory role in the protectionof public health, the consumer, and the environment. The far-reaching effects of this new regulatory regime in turn precipitated a counter-movement to restrict social and economic regulation spearheaded by the Reagan administration. In their first edition of The Politics of Regulatory Change,Richard Harris and Sidney Milkis assessed the long-term consequences of the Reagan administration's attempt to drastically curtail social regulation through an in-depth study of how two of the most influential regulatory agencies, the Federal Trade Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency,were affected by administration reforms. Now with their second edition, Harris and Milkis continue their assessment, creating a completely revised edition that includes coverage of the changes in regulatory politics during the Bush and Clinton administrations. They conclude that the essentialelements of the 'public lobby regime' remain intact, even as the successive deregulatory assaults on that regime in the 1980's and 1990's have polarized Washington not simply over public policy but more fundamentally over the just ends of the American political system.

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The past three decades have brought remarkable change in American regulatory politics. The re-emergence of public interest movements in the sixties and seventies raised fundamental questions about our market economy and dramatically expanded the government's regulatory role in the protection of public health, the consumer, and the envi...

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The past three decades have brought remarkable change in American regulatory politics. The re-emergence of public interest movements in the sixties and seventies raised fundamental questions about our market economy and dramatically expanded the government's regulatory role in the protectionof public health, the consumer, and the envir...

Richard A. Harris is at Rutgers University, Camden. Sidney M. Milkis is at Brandeis University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 5.43 × 8.23 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195081919

ISBN - 13:9780195081916

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Table of Contents

1. Regulation, Deregulation, and the Administrative State2. The Politics of Regulatory Change3. The New Social Regulation4. The Regulatory Program of the Reagan Administration5. The Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection, and Regulatory Change6. Regulation and Deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency7. Regulatory Relief: To Be Or Not To Be8. Janet Steiger's Federal Trade Commission: The Limited Possibilities of Consensus Politics9. The EPA under George Bush10. Conclusion: Social Reforms and Divided Democracy--The Future of Regulatory Politics

From Our Editors

The past three decades have brought remarkable change in American regulatory politics. The re-emergence of public interest movements in the sixties and seventies raised fundamental questions about our market economy and dramatically expanded the government's regulatory role in the protection of public health, the consumer, and the environment. The far-reaching effects of this new regulatory regime in turn precipitated a counter-movement to restrict social and economic regulation spearheaded by the Reagan administration. In their first edition of The Politics of Regulatory Change. Richard Harris and Sidney Milkis assessed the long-term consequences of the Reagan administration's attempt to drastically curtail social regulation through an in-depth study of how two of the most influential regulatory agencies, the Federal Trade Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, were affected by administration reforms. Now with their second edition, Harris and Milkis continue their assessment, creating completely revised edition that includes coverage of the changes i

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"This text is long overdue. The authors have done justice to the subject matter, they have provided a new perspective to an old issue."--Donald Crumbley, Sr., Columbia College