By Stephen Breyer

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Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1993. This reproduction is Fourth printing, 1995

Breaking the Vicious Circle is a journey de strength that are supposed to be learn through every person who's attracted to enhancing our regulatory procedures. Written by way of a hugely revered federal pass judgement on, who evidently acknowledges the need of law yet perceives its mess ups and weaknesses to boot, it pinpoints the main critical difficulties and provides an inventive resolution that might for the 1st time convey rationality to undergo at the important factor of priorities in our period of constrained resources.

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Regardless, Congress is not institutionally well suited to write detailed regulatory instructionsTHaTwill work gress enacts one statute at a time; it effectively. For one thing, Con- does notTbok at risk, or safety, or cancer prevention, as a set of related problems that might benefit from a unified approach. For another thing, legislation originates in different subcommittees, including several with overlapping jurisdiction, each of which must compete for political time and may considerlhe attention.

The problem with shots in the dark. It tries agenda with directions ate cigarettes in a and provide similar statutory "hammers" designed to force promulgate standards for sources to smoking two risk of because they There are fail to this to set that fail to language and is that conform it amounts to control in detail that later experience may show EPA to the strict to a set of EPA's cleanup to be inappropri- achieve any reasonable policy goal. institutional reasons, however, why Congress may wish write legislation of this kind.

Still, by means of my examples, I believe one can discover a fairly widespread view, within a knowledgeable community, that efforts to regulate small risks to health are plagued vision, random agenda ^U'-f-fe^*^-^ selection, and inconsistency. /rc^on^ curve ^l^(>\(Sln r\^t-/ ^vDo(uc£ tV HMO yiiV-^ | 29 CAUSES: THE VICIOUS CIRCLE 2 considering the causes of the regulatory problems identified in In Chapter 1 , 1 wish to consider how public perceptions, Congressional actions and reactions, and technical regulatory each other.

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