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Next-Generation Environmental Policy and the Implications for Environmental Inspectors: Are Fears of Regulatory Capture Warranted?
Environmental Practice
  • Michelle C. Pautz, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-1-2010
Abstract
With renewed emphasis on environmental protection and growing scholarly consensus on the need to move beyond the traditional command-and-control approach to environmental regulation, the “window” may be opening for significant changes in environmental policy in the United States. Much of the dialogue focuses on next-generationenvironmental policies that are cooperative instead of confrontational, comprehensive rather than fragmented, and flexible instead of rigid. This pending transition invariably raises questions about regulatory enforcement and, most notably, fears of regulatory capture. Accordingly, this article explores the discussion of next-generation environmental policies and their implications for environmental inspectors in the context of regulatory enforcement. The transition to next-generation policies is likely to have significant impacts on inspectors; however, I argue that concerns of regulatory capture are overstated, based on a survey of existing research on regulatory enforcement.
Inclusive pages
247-259
ISBN/ISSN
1466-0466
Comments

Research from this article was reported on in Dayton Daily News, Government Executive, Roll Call, and The Washington Times.

Publisher
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Michelle C. Pautz. "Next-Generation Environmental Policy and the Implications for Environmental Inspectors: Are Fears of Regulatory Capture Warranted?" Environmental Practice Vol. 12 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michelle_pautz/13/