Bureaucratic Politics and Regulatory Reform: The EPA and Emissions Trading

Bureaucratic Politics and Regulatory Reform: The EPA and Emissions Trading

by Brian Cook


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Based on interviews with key EPA decision makers and an analysis of the public record, this informative case study demonstrates how the contemporary movement for regulatory reform has actually affected the internal organizational politics of a highly visible administrative agency. The volume offers an in-depth look at how a specific agency effort at regulatory reform can be drastically influenced by the machinations of bureaucratic politics. Evidence is offered to support Cook's claim, in contrast to conventional views, that senior political and career leadership has considerable influence over the policy direction of an administrative agency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313254932
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/13/1988
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #19
Pages: 181
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

BRIAN J. COOK is Assistant Professor of Government and International Relations at Clark University.

Table of Contents



The Regulatory Reform Landscape

The Regulatory Form Debate

Congress and Economic Incentives

An Emissions Trading Chronicle

Challenges to Implementation

Ideological Controversies

Organizational Character and Policy Reform

Appendix: A Note About Research Methods



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