Posts by Wendy Wagner

Using Komesar’s Participation-Centered Model to learn more about Administrative Process

In his path-breaking book, Imperfect Alternatives (1997), Neil Komesar develops a simple model for comparing the ability of institutions to address various social problems – for example the relative ability of markets versus legislatures versus courts to resolve a particular issue.  Beyond informing questions about institutional choice, Komesar’s model can also be used to troubleshoot processes within... Full Story

Competitive Chemical Regulation: A Greener Alternative

In 2005, the City of Austin discovered that coal-tar based asphalt sealant was killing the highly endangered Barton Springs salamander. The sealant was leaching off freshly sealed parking lots and entering downstream pools where these fragile animals live. The surprise ending to the City’s detective work was not only that the sealant was gradually destroying its river... Full Story