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Government and Markets


  • 23 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Page extent: 576 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.04 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521118484)

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After two generations of emphasis on governmental inefficiency and the need for deregulation, we now see growing interest in the possibility of constructive governance, alongside public calls for new, smarter regulation. Yet there is a real danger that regulatory reforms will be rooted in outdated ideas. As the financial crisis has shown, neither traditional market failure models nor public choice theory, by themselves, sufficiently inform or explain our current regulatory challenges. Regulatory studies, long neglected in an atmosphere focused on deregulatory work, is in critical need of new models and theories that can guide effective policy-making. This interdisciplinary volume points the way toward the modernization of regulatory theory. Its essays by leading scholars move past predominant approaches, integrating the latest research about the interplay between human behavior, societal needs, and regulatory institutions. The book concludes by setting out a potential research agenda for the social sciences.


Introduction; Part I. Beyond Market Failure: 1. Government failure vs. market failure: principles of regulation Joseph E. Stiglitz; 2. Effective regulation through credible cost-benefit analysis: the opportunity costs of superfund Michael Greenstone; 3. From 'state interference' to the 'return to the market': the rhetoric of economic regulation from the old Gilded Age to the new Mary O. Furner; 4. Lessons from Europe: some reflections on the European Union and the regulation of business Neil Fligstein; 5. Confidence games: how does regulation constitute markets? Daniel Carpenter; Part II. Beyond the Economic Theory of Politics: 6. The end of special interests theory and the beginning of a more positive view of democratic politics Donald Wittman; 7. Public choice: a critical reassessment Jessica Leight; 8. The paranoid style in the study of American politics David A. Moss and Mary Oey; 9. Law, policy, and cooperation Yochai Benkler; Part III. Beyond Command and Control: 10. What opportunity is knocking? Regulating corporate governance in the United States Mary A. O'Sullivan; 11. Taxation as a regulatory tool: lessons from environmental taxes in Europe Monica Prasad; 12. Redesigning regulation: a case study from the consumer credit market Elizabeth Warren; 13. Origins and regulatory consequences of the subprime crisis Barry Eichengreen; 14. Prospects for economic 'self-regulation' in the United States: an historian's view from the early twenty-first century Edward J. Balleisen; 15. Deregulation theories in a litigious society: American antitrust and tort Tony Freyer; 16. Markets in the shadow of the state: an appraisal of deregulation and implications for future research Marc Allen Eisner; Conclusion.


“The heritage of James Tobin is well represented by this outstanding volume. The authors analyze the relations of government and the market from many different angles, showing the fallacies of simple critiques on the basis of deep scholarship.” – Kenneth J. Arrow, Stanford University

“Pointing the way beyond simplistic capture theories of regulation, these essays illustrate how institutionally informed analysis can help to rebuild a constructive relationship between governments and markets.” – Tom Baker, University of Pennsylvania Law School

“A deeply distinguished multidisciplinary gathering lays out new directions and bold challenges for regulatory theory and practice. The hope and promise of this work is for a more civilized and creative capitalism.” – John Braithwaite, Australian National University

“A crisis has rekindled widespread interest in regulation. This collection of articles by outstanding social scientists and historians offers striking insights and fresh perspectives. Scholars and policymakers alike will benefit from their insightful and incisive discussions.” – Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University

Governments and Markets is an engaging and ambitious rethinking of the role of regulation in the twenty-first century. The range of ideas and arguments throughout this volume will push readers to revisit their assumptions about regulatory activity and will push fellow scholars to refocus their research agendas to topics such as regulatory decision making and design. Combining strong research with contemporary relevance, the book will be of interest to both new students of public policy and long-standing experts.” – Mark Stephan, Washington State University, Vancouver


Joseph E. Stiglitz, Michael Greenstone, Mary O. Furner, Neil Fligstein, Daniel Carpenter, Donald Wittman, Jessica Leight, David A. Moss, Mary Oey, Yochai Benkler, Mary A. O'Sullivan, Monica Prasad, Elizabeth Warren, Barry Eichengreen, Edward J. Balleisen, Tony Freyer, Marc Allen Eisner

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