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The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public
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The People's Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public: Special Interests, Government, and Threats to Health, Safety, and the Environment

Rena Steinzor and Sidney Shapiro


Reasonable people disagree about the reach of the federal government, but there is near-universal consensus that it should protect us from such dangers as bacteria-infested food, harmful drugs, toxic pollution, crumbling bridges, and unsafe toys. And yet, the agencies that shoulder these responsibilities are in shambles; if they continue to decline, lives will be lost and natural resources will be squandered. This book takes a hard look at the tangled web of problems that have led to this dire state of affairs. It turns out that the agencies are not primarily to blame and that regulatory failu ... More

Keywords: federal government, protection, agencies, funding cuts, legislative process, political appointees, White House, bureaucracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226772028
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226772042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rena Steinzor, author

Sidney Shapiro, author