This course examines the theoretical underpinnings and politics of several major types of regulatory policy, as well as the practical issues involved in implementing and enforcing each. We will explore the selection and impact of regulatory forms from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints. In particular, we will focus on traditional command and control regulation (including self-executing performance standards and permitting), market-based regulation (such as emissions trading), remediation, and emerging regulatory approaches such as prevention-based regulation and management-based regulation.
With regard to the theory underpinning the selected policies and the politics that drive them, students will engage in readings and directed discussions. The course is also focused on how the policies operate “on the ground,” and thus also adopts a problem-based approach. In a series of four “labs” students will engage in simulated scenarios providing working experience of these varied policies in a variety of settings. The scenarios will include: (1) air emissions trading; (2) hazardous waste site remediation; (3) information disclosure; and (4) approval of a new chemical for commercial use.
Prerequisites. This course has no prerequisites. The course is open to graduate students and law students, as well as senior undergraduates only with the permission of the instructor only.
The class will meet for approximately two and one half hours twice a week for approximately 8 weeks during the campus’ winter quarter (totaling 2200 minutes or 3 credit hours for law students.)