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Abstract

Regulation and its reform are now prominent themes in American politics. Despite their often technical character, regulatory reform programs successfully deploy a stirring set of political symbols and shibboleths. "Get the government off our backs," "eliminate waste," and "restore free enterprise" are appeals as visceral and irresistible as any in our political lexicon. Regulatory reform has become a hardy American perennial, the public policy equivalent of motherhood and apple pie.

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