This course will provide an overview of fundamental, cross-cutting issues that affect public policy in the administrative arena, with an emphasis on controversies that have arisen at the federal and state levels in recent years. These issues include (1) basics of the rulemaking process; (2) strategies employed by advocates before administrative agencies; (3) decision-making criteria, such as cost-benefit analysis and the consideration of “sound” science; (4) the regulatory toolbox available to agencies (e.g., technology-based requirements, registration of new products; liability, market-based mechanisms, and disclosure requirements); (5) judicial review of final agency decisions; (6) congressional oversight of agency performance; and (7) the media’s role in affecting regulatory outcomes. The course will use examples drawn from public health, safety, and environmental law. The course in no way substitutes for upper class courses in administrative and environmental law, but is designed to give students a head start on understanding the concepts presented in those courses. It will also provide students who choose not to take those courses an introduction to how the administrative system operates. Writing done for this seminar will not satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
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