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Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 3rd Edition

Marc Allen Eisner, Jeff Worsham, Evan J. Ringquist, and Franchesca Nestor
Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-723-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-774-5
2018/359 pages/LC: 2017061558
Praise for previous editions:

"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


The third edition of Contemporary Regulatory Policy brings this classic text completely up to date—reflecting more than a decade of policy changes and including an entirely new chapter on food safety regulation.

Beyond their focus on seven key policy arenas, the authors confront the broad problems of partisan polarization and congressional gridlock. They also consider the significance of unilateral policy actions by President Obama and how these initiatives may be vulnerable to change under President Trump. Recognizing that no single theory can sufficiently explain regulatory politics, they offer a comprehensive set of tools for understanding the world of regulatory policy today.


Marc Allen Eisner is Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy in the Government Department at Wesleyan University. Jeff Worsham is professor of political science at West Virginia University. Evan J. Ringquist was professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University. Franchesca Nestor is assistant professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.


  • A Primer on Regulation.
  • Explaining Regulatory Change.
  • Contemporary Regulatory Politics in Historical Context.
  • Antitrust and the Regulation of Market Competition.
  • Regulating Financial Intermediaries.
  • Regulating Telecommunications.
  • Regulating the Environment.
  • Regulating Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Regulating Food Safety.
  • Regulating Energy.
  • Making Sense of Regulation in a Deregulatory Era.