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Observers of environmental policy increasingly urge regulators to build consensus before making policy decisions. By seeking consensus, regulators are supposed to be able to reduce conflict, increase compliance, improve public policy, and promote public participation. Yet consensus-building markedly shifts the prevailing norms of governance in the United States by de-centering the role of agency officials, making
them facilitators or negotiation partners rather than central, accountable decision makers charged with seeking solutions that advance the overall public interest.
"Estimating the Range of Uncertainty in Future Development from Trends in Physical Constants and Predictions of Global Change"
By Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
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Journal Article, University Environmental Law Journal
By Charles Foster, Former Research Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Chapter XII of the National Resources Committee''s December 1935 report Regional Factors in National Planning and Developmentbore the title "A Preliminary Exploration of Regionalism." It reported the findings of a questionnaire sent to a dozen social scientists, ten of them geographers and two sociologists. The respondents were asked three sets of questions about the nature, delineation, and use of regions; their responses were summarized and generously excerpted. The stated goal of the exercise was to draw on expert opinon to dispel some of the "vagueness of thinking" that seemed to prevail whenever the term "region" was used.