Valuing Life

By Cass R. Sunstein, Sunstein

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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.

Product details

EAN

9780226129426

Format

ebook

Author

Cass R. Sunstein, Sunstein

Category

Law

Publisher

University of Chicago Press

Pages

240

Language

eng

Imprint

University of Chicago Press

Published Date

2014-09-05

EAN 9780226129426
Format Ebook
Author Cass R. Sunstein, Sunstein
Category
Law
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Pages 240
Language eng
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Published Date 2014-09-05

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