Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science is essential reading for people interested in how institutions affect regulatory agencies’ abilities to make decisions based on objective interpretations of scientific evidence of risks to health, safety or the environment.
(Randall Lutter, Resources for the Future)A powerful and disturbing account of the biases and uncertainties in regulatory science. Fortunately, the authors offer promising reforms to buttress the integrity of science in the midst of the politics of rulemaking.
(John D. Graham, Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University)Provocative and timely, Institutions and Incentives in Regulatory Science raises crucial questions for anyone interested in science and public policy. In the abstract, everyone agrees that legitimate policy making depends on both credible science as well as on political and moral judgment. But in practice, as the cases in this book engagingly show, the challenge lies in discerning the appropriate roles for science and politics—and then keeping each in their respective places. Few challenges are more central to contemporary regulatory policy over matters as varied as climate change, biodiversity, and toxic pollution.
(Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania)
About the Author
Jason Scott Johnston is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law and the Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor in Business Law and Regulation, University of Virginia School of Law.