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The Politics of Deregulation By Martha Derthick

The Politics of Deregulation
by Martha Derthick

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The standard wisdom among political scientists has been that ""iron triangles"" operated among regulatory agencies, the regulated industries, and members of Congress, all presumably with a stake in preserving regulation that protected the industries from competition.
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The Politics of Deregulation by Martha Derthick

The standard wisdom among political scientists has been that "iron triangles" operated among regulatory agencies, the regulated industries, and members of Congress, all presumably with a stake in preserving regulation that protected the industries from competition. Despite almost unanimous agreement among economists that such regulation was inefficient, it seemed highly unlikely that deregulation could occur. Yet between 1975 and 1980 major deregulatory changes that strongly favored competition did take place in a wide range of industries. The results are familiar to airline passengers, users of telephone service, and trucking freight shippers, among others.
Martha Derthick and Paul J. Quirk ask why this deregulation happened. How did a diffuse public interest prevail over the powerful industry and union interests that sought to preserve regulation? Why did the regulatory commissions, which were expected to be a major obstacle to deregulation, instead take the initiative on behalf of it? And why did influential members of Congress push for even greater deregulation?
The authors concentrate on three cases: airlines, trucking, and telecommunications. They find important similarities among the cases and discuss the implications of these findings for two broader topics: the role that economic analysis has played in policy change, and the capacity of the American political system for transcending narrow interests.

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About Martha Derthick


Martha Derthick is the former director of the Governmental Studies program at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., USA. She is retired from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, USA, where she taught from 1983 to 1999. She has written five previous Brookings books, including Agency under Stress (1990), and Policymaking for Social Security (1979).
Paul J. Quirk is Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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GOR008622542
The Politics of Deregulation by Martha Derthick
Martha Derthick
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Brookings Institution
1985-09-01
300
0815718179
9780815718178
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