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The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is the United States's regulatory overseer. 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.

About the Edition

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is the United States's regulatory overseer. 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.

Table of Contents

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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-236) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306.20973
Library of Congress
JK468.P64 S86 2014

The Physical Object

Pagination
248 pages ;
Number of pages
248

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26489763M
Internet Archive
valuinglifehuman0000suns
ISBN 10
0226780171
ISBN 13
9780226780177, 9780226129426
LC Control Number
2013035153
OCLC/WorldCat
857370325
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