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Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 2nd Edition

Marc Allen Eisner, Jeff Worsham, and Evan J. Ringquist
Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-411-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-466-9
2006/371 pages/LC: 2006010345
Praise for the 1st edition:

"Impressively combining historical, analytical, and substantive overviews of a broad swath of US regulatory policy, this is an excellent book for course use. Students will especially appreciate its demonstration of various theories in action."—Lori A. Brainard, George Washington University

"I recommend this book highly for political science and policy courses in regulation—and scholars, too, will learn from the authors' impressive integration of several competing perspectives."—Paul Teske, University of Colorado at Denver

"Useful to anyone interested in regulatory policy and the economics of regulation."—Choice


Contemporary Regulatory Policy demystifies the field of regulatory politics.

The authors examine the regulatory process in seven major areas: antitrust, banking and securities, telecommunications, environmental protection, occupational safety and health, consumer products, and energy. They also address the extent to which presidential partisanship, ideological shifts in Congress, and other forces—both within and external to government bureaucracy—influence regulation. Recognizing that no single theory can sufficiently explain regulatory politics, they offer students a comprehensive set of tools for navigating recent policy transitions and considering the future direction of US regulation.


Marc Allen Eisner is Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy in the Government Department at Wesleyan University. His publications include Antitrust and the Triumph of Economics and Regulatory Politics in Transition. Jeff Worsham is professor of political science at West Virginia University and author of Other People's Money: Policy Change, Congress, and Bank Regulation. Evan J. Ringquist is professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University. His publications include Environmental Protection at the State Level.


  • A Primer on Regulation.
  • Explaining Regulatory Change.
  • A Brief History of Contemporary Regulatory Politics.
  • Regulating Market Competition.
  • Regulating Financial Intermediaries.
  • Regulating Telecommunications.
  • Environmental Protection Regulation.
  • Regulating the Workplace.
  • Regulating Consumer Products.
  • Regulating Energy.
  • Making Sense of Regulation in a Deregulatory Era.