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Here Comes the Sunstein: Cass Sunstein Takes Over as Regulatory Czar

How will Cass Sunstein tackle the financial crisis?


Cost-Benefit Confusion

Many of the questions over Sunstein's nomination revolve around his embrace of cost-benefit analysis, a tool heavily used by the Bush administration for evaluating--and often squelching--regulation. Sunstein's 2002 book, "The Cost-Benefit State," endorses the analytical tool to promote government accountability while limiting the sway of special-interest groups. Opponents of cost-benefit analysis say it bogs down the regulatory review process and tries to put a value on human safety.

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