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Structured to Fail?

Structured to Fail?

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In the search for explanations for three of the most pressing crises of the early twenty-first century (the housing meltdown and financial crisis, the Gulf oil spill, and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima), commentators pointed to the structure of the regulatory agencies charged with overseeing the associated industries, noting that the need to balance competing regulatory and non-regulatory missions undermined each agency's ability to be an effective regulator. Christopher Carrigan challenges this critique by employing a diverse set of research methods, including a statistical analysis, an in-depth case study of US regulatory oversight of offshore oil and gas development leading up to the Gulf oil spill, and a formal theoretical discussion, to systematically evaluate the benefits and concerns associated with either combining or separating regulatory and non-regulatory missions. His analysis demonstrates for policymakers and scholars why assigning competing non-regulatory missions to regulatory agencies can still be better than separating them in some cases.

Author: Christopher Carrigan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 06/26/2017
Pages: 334
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.33lbs
Size: 9.41h x 6.52w x 0.89d
ISBN: 9781107181694

Review Citation(s):
Choice 03/01/2018

About the Author
Carrigan, Christopher: - Christopher Carrigan is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration and a scholar at the Regulatory Studies Center, both at George Washington University, Washington DC. In addition to publications in leading academic journals and edited volumes, Professor Carrigan is co-editor of Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (with Cary Coglianese and Adam M. Finkel, 2014). Professor Carrigan holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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