Some Short Circuits in the Rewiring of Regulatory Review
As Sabeel Rahman highlighted last week, OIRA's proposed update to its notorious Circular A-4 incorporates a long list of improvements. But let's not get too caught up in the moment. There is at least as much continuity in the new A-4 as there is change. The overall logic is still one that commensurates costs and benefits in terms of additive individual willingness to pay, that holds up market competition between capitalist firms as the presumptively optimal form of social organization, and that treats regulation as a presumptively unwarranted intrusion into the freedom of the market. A recalibration, rather than a rejection or rethinking, of that basic framework.