Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation

Matthew Baum
Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications
Harvard Kennedy School

Cary Coglianese
Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Penn Program on Regulation
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Richard Zeckhauser
Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy
Harvard Kennedy School

Regulation has become one of the most contested domains of American domestic politics. In this seminar, contributors to the new book Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation will present their analysis of why leaders across the political spectrum today blame regulation for many of society’s problems. They will also offer lessons from successful and failed attempts to use regulation to address social problems.

Cary Coglianese is editor of Regulatory Breakdown and contributed the chapter “Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity (with Christopher Carrigan). Matthew Baum contributed the chapter “Partisan Media and Attitude Polarization: The Case of Healthcare Reform.” Richard Zeckhauser contributed the chapter “Addressing Catastrophic Risks: Disparate Anatomies Require Tailored Therapies” (with W. Kip Viscusi).

This seminar was taped on October 11, 2012.

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