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What Is Regulation?

Barak Orbach

University of Arizona

September 7, 2012

30 Yale Journal on Regulation Online 1 (2012)
Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-27

People hold strong views about regulation, but do they know what “regulation” means? National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is a landmark in regulation jurisprudence, yet the NFIB Court was divided over the meaning of the term “to regulate.” Long ago, John Stuart Mill observed that “we do not [always] understand the grounds of our opinion. But when we turn to . . . morals, religion, politics, social relations, and the business of life, three-fourths of the arguments for every disputed opinion consist in dispelling the appearances which favor some opinion different from it.” The controversy and confusion about regulation illustrate the phenomenon. This Essay explores the meaning of the term “regulation.”

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Keywords: regulation

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Date posted: September 10, 2012 ; Last revised: November 7, 2012

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Orbach, Barak, What Is Regulation? (September 7, 2012). 30 Yale Journal on Regulation Online 1 (2012); Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-27. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2143385

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