Humanizing the Regulatory State
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.
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
Four Ways to Humanize the Regulatory State
Executive Order 13563 of January 18, 2011
The Social Cost of Carbon
Estimated Benefi ts and Costs of Selected Federal Regulations
Selected Examples of Breakeven Analysis
Values for Mortality and Morbidity