Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

PESD Courses

Regulated Industries

Course number(s): LAW 220
Offered Spring quarter in the 2004-2005 academic year

David G. Victor

Public regulators exert a pervasive influence over large swaths of industrial activity. Even where government has sought to rely more heavily on market forces, regulation is nonetheless often omnipresent. This course will introduce major theories and cases on the role of regulation in modern economies, with emphasis on competition, environmental protection, and product safety. Examples will be drawn mainly from electricity and utilities, oil & gas, telecommunications, chemicals, and food. The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to regulatory oversight of these industries in the U.S. and will address common themes and challenges, such as the limited ability of regulators to elicit accurate information from their subjects and the impact of regulation on technological innovation. We will examine procedures for public engagement in regulatory decision-making (monitoring, participating, challenging on review), and the relationship between regulation and political authorities. Some attention will be given to comparisons with other countries and to the increasing role of international institutions, such as the World Trade Organization, that constrain the scope and style of national regulation.



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