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Retaking Rationality: How Cost Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health Hardcover – April 16, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195368574 ISBN-10: 0195368576

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195368576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195368574
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For anyone interested in how good public policy should be made in Washington, reading Retaking Rationality is the place to start. It is a well-reasoned, carefully documented, and well-written book."
--Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., Chief Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and former Board Chair, Natural Resources Defense Council

"The application of cost-benefit analysis to environmental regulation is widely believed to have an inherent conservative bias. As Revesz and Livermore show in compelling detail, this is wrong. Cost-benefit analysis is simply a disciplined method of rationally assessing the consequences of proposed courses of action."
--Richard Posner, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and author of Economic Analysis of Law (7th ed. 2007)

"Revesz and Livermore provide a thoughtful and compelling analysis of how cost-benefit analysis can and should be used to further the public good."
--Richard A. Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and former Chairman, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Revesz is the Dean of New York University Law School and the author of Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy (OUP, 1997); Environmental Law, the Economy, and Sustainable Development. Michael Livermore is the Law Clerk to the Honorable Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By janesays13 on April 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great guide for environmentalists who want to make cost-benefit analysis more fair. The authors get into the nitty-gritty of why cost-benefit analysis tends to favor industry and give a blueprint for how it can be reformed. An important book for anyone working within or with the government to better protect the environment.
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