Can we control the state through various policy instruments?
Regulations, incentives, and privatization are all examples of policy instruments used to control the state. What policy instruments are available to policymakers and to what extent do they work? In particular, we will focus on the responsibilities and conduct of the FDA and EPA.
Quotes of the Day
Christine Todd Whitman worked as EPA Administrator from 2001-2003. Prior to that, Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey. There are more than 100 Federal agencies and, according to the Office of Management and Budget, around 500,000 new government rules are issued annually. Whitman faced the challenge of writing rules accepted by both business and environmental interests.
There is no doubt that compromise on the environment is perhaps more difficult today than at any time in the past thirty-five years, and there is plenty of blame to go around.”
Christine Todd Whitman, It's My Party Too, 2005, The Penguin Press.
Cindy Skrzycki, The Regulators: Anonymous Power Brokers in American Politics, 2003, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
What are some justifications for regulations, particularly as they pertain to environmental issues? Can you think of examples of environmental regulations where people generally agree on the scope of the problem but differ on the appropriate government response? Can you think of a regulatory dilemma in your own life that might be remedied by more or less regulation?
- Paul Quirk. Chap. 6: Food and Drug Administration, and Alfred Marcus, Chap. 8: Environmental Protection Agency, The Politics of Regulation, James Q.Wilson ed, Basic Books, 1980
- Stephen Breyer. Chap. 1, Typical Justifications for Regulation, Regulation and Its Reform. Harvard University Press, 1982.
- Elinor Ostrom. Chap. 1, Reflections on the commons, Governing the Commons. Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Case Application: a single food safety agency? water trading rights?
- Julie Caswell. "Too Many Cooks," Forum, Summer 2001.
- Suzie Greenhalgh & Paul Faeth. "Trading on Water," Forum, Spring 2001.
Policy Exercise #2 due
Please see the Assignments folder for this course. It includes the assignment along with student examples.
- Center for Progressive Regulation - http://www.progressiveregulation.org
- The Cato Institute - http://www.cato.org
- A non-profit public policy research foundation.
- On this site you can find more about Cato issues and events as well as links to scholars, scholarly journals and commentary.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - http://www.epa.gov