There are two major themes in my
research on regulation. The first is around domestic regulation,
focusing on an emerging regulatory approach that Cary Coglianese
and I have labeled "management-based regulation"
(MBR). MBR is an intervention at the management level, rather
than output or technology level, and has really become quite
widespread in the last 15 years, as command and control has
hit its limits in a variety of domains. Our papers provide
an exploration of the defining features of this regulatory
tool, and point to underlying conditions (e.g., heterogeneity
of regulated sites, and high costs of measurement) under which
MBR might be a desirable regulatory model. In the second theme
of my research on regulation, I look at the types of regulatory
interdependence that exist in the international system. In
particular, I have argued (1, 5, 6) that there are three modes
of regulatory policy interdependence: competitive, coordinative,
and informational. In the competitive mode, states use regulatory
policy to differentiate themselves in competition with other
states—e.g., for international capital. In the coordinative
mode, states benefit by having the same standards as other
states—e.g., to maintain access to foreign markets.
Finally, in the informational mode (2), states are informationally
interdependent, where the experiences of one country provide
lessons for others.
(1) David Lazer, "Regulatory
Capitalism as a Networked Order: The International System
as an Informational Network," Annals of the American
Academy of Political and Social Science, 2005.
(2) Cary Coglianese and David Lazer,
Regulation: Prescribing Private Management to Achieve Public
Goals," Law & Society Review, December 2003.
(3) David Lazer, "Regulatory
Review: Presidential Control Through Selective Communication
and Institutionalized Conflict," Center for Public
Leadership Working paper, 2003.
Regulatory Strategies," in Jack Donahue and Joseph Nye (Eds.),
Market-Based Governance: Supply Side, Demand Side, Upside, and
Downside, Washington, DC: Brookings,
2002 (with Cary Coglianese).
(5) David Lazer and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger,
Networks," Brooklyn Journal of International Law,
volume 27, number 3, 2002, 819-851.
(6) David Lazer, "Regulatory
Interdependence and International Governance," Journal
of European Public Policy, April 2001, 474-492.
Blueprints for Change: Devolution
and Subsidiarity in the United States and the European Union," in Kalypso
Nicolaidis and Robert Howse (eds), The Federal Vision: Legitimacy
and Levels of Governance in the
US and the EU, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001 (co-author
with Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger).
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