Project Manager – Dennis Boyer
Many Citizens see regulation as a necessary evil in the conduct of government. There is a basic understanding that government operations have grown sufficiently complicated to require day-to-day supervision of many relationships and transactions. Still, there is chafing and suspicion about regulation’s reach.
Citizens today see regulation today as mostly a governmental affair. A review of our many regulated activities and their history, however, often reminds them of the background to regulation, which includes the role of religious and craft organizations in much of the early framework of regulation.
Public discussion about regulation today often generates a sense that it both over- and under-utilized, that it is perhaps too cozy with the interests it regulates, that it is a day late and a dollar short in terms our fast-moving economy, and that it is not as accessible to citizens as our view of democratic practice might suggest.
In the case of the panels in this project, these attitudes led to a number of basic questions that shaped the possibilities they later developed. These questions deal with the conduct of regulators, regulatory methods, public participation, matters of scale, and distribution of power. Their further discussions of these concerns eventually led to the nine contrasting possibilities for the Future of Regulation that are set out in the discussion report.
You can download a copy of this report from our “Discussion Reports” page (or use the pdf button in the sidebar to the right), which lists all of our published reports, or, to download a copy directly, you can click on the following link: The Future of Regulation (28 pages/406 KB).
Project update: A series of developmental discussions focused on subsets of regulatory concerns was undertaken in the Spring and Summer of 2014 with an eye toward producing supplements to the original report or a new edition. The first of these supplements, Citizen Participation in Regulation 1.0 (14 pages/369 KB), is now available and can be either downloaded by clicking on the title above or the button to the right or viewed online by clicking on the cover page image to the right.