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Valuing life : humanizing the regulatory state
Éditeur The University of Chicago Press
Année cop. 2014
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Valuing life : humanizing the regulatory state
1 vol. (248 p.) ; 24 cm
Notes bibliogr. p. 199-236. Index
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306.209 73
Franklin's algebra ; Inside government ; Human consequences, or the real world of cost-benefit analysis ; Dignity, financial meltdown, and other nonquantifiable things ; Valuing life, 1: problems ; Valuing life, 2: solutions ; The morality of risk ; What scares us ; Epilogue: four ways to humanize the regulatory state ; Appendix A: Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011 ; Appendix B: the social cost of carbon ; Appendix C: estimated benefits and costs of selected federal regulations ; Appendix D: selected examples of breakeven analysis ; Appendix E: values for mortality and morbidity
The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is the United States's regulatory overseer. In Valuing Life, Cass R. Sunstein draws on his firsthand experience as the Administrator of OIRA from 2009 to 2012 to argue that we can humanize regulation--and save lives in the process. As OIRA Administrator, Sunstein helped oversee regulation in a broad variety of areas, including highway safety, health care, homeland security, immigration, energy, environmental protection, and education. This background allows him to describe OIRA and how it works--and how it can work better--from an on-the-ground perspective. Using real-world examples, many of them drawn from today's headlines, Sunstein makes a compelling case for improving cost-benefit analysis, a longtime cornerstone of regulatory decision-making, and for taking account of variables that are hard to quantify, such as dignity and personal privacy. He also shows how regulatory decisions about health, safety, and life itself can benefit from taking into account behavioral and psychological research, including new findings about what scares us, and what does not. By better accounting for people's fallibility, Sunstein argues, we can create regulation that is simultaneously more human and more likely to achieve its goals. In this highly readable synthesis of insights from law, policy, economics, and psychology, Sunstein breaks down the intricacies of the regulatory system and offers a new way of thinking about regulation that incorporates human dignity--and an insistent focus on the consequences of our choices.
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