Jerry L. Mashaw: The Struggle for Auto Safety



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Combining superb investigative reporting with incisive analysis Jerry Mashaw and David Harfst rovide a compelling account of the attempt to regulate auto safety in America Their CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition penetrating look inside the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA spans two decades and reveals the complexities of regulating risk in a free society Hoping to stem the tide of rising automobile deaths and injuries Congressassed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966 From that oint on automakers would build cars under the watchful eyes of the federal regulators at NHTSA Curiously ho.

Wever the agency abandoned its safety mission of setting monitoring and enforcing erformance standards in favor of the largely symbolic act of recalling defective autos Mashaw and Harfst argue that the regulatory shift from rules to recalls was neither a response to a new vision of the ublic interest nor a result of ressure by the auto industry or other interest groups Instead the culprit was the legal environment surrounding NHTSA and other regulatory agencies such as the EPA OSHA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission The authors show how NHTSA's decisions as well as its organization

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Rocesses and Rant personnel were reoriented in order to comply with the demands of a legal culture thatroved surprisingly resistant to regulatory Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM pressures This broad gauged view of NHTSA has much to say aboutolitical idealism and Challenged to Win personal ambition scientific commitment androfessional competition long range vision and olitical opportunism A fascinating illustration of America's ambivalence over whether government is a source of or solution to social ills TheStruggle for Auto Safety offers important lessons about the design and management of effective health and safety regulatory agencies toda.