The 2019 Regulatory Year in Review

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The Regulatory Review presents its leading essays from the past year.

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Throughout the past year, regulators from around the world have faced pressing challenges posed by globalization, political polarization, environmental instability, and social unrest—to name but a few of the many consequential issues with implications for regulatory policy.

As the year 2019 comes to an end, those of us who produce The Regulatory Review are taking the time to reflect on the significant regulatory developments that have occurred in the United States and across the world during this past year. In this year-end series, The Regulatory Review is highlighting many of these developments as well as showcasing the most widely read essays we have published during this past year.

We first spotlight the most widely read essays, based on page views, that were written by our own staff members. We then recap the major regulatory news stories of the year, as selected by our editorial team, that we covered each Friday in our regular Week in Review column. We then turn to  the most widely read contributor essays from among the many we have published by the world’s leading experts on regulatory law and policy. Finally, we recap all of the special series of essays published in The Regulatory Review during this past calendar year.

At The Regulatory Review, we not only appreciate the privilege we have to cover many of the vital regulatory issues of the day; we also feel the weight of our responsibility to do so. In what we publish each Monday through Saturday, we seek to bring greater light to complex policy debates of great consequence for individuals and businesses. We wish to thank our readers and our contributors for engaging with us, at The Regulatory Review, in this important public service.

Best wishes for the new year.

– The Editorial Board of The Regulatory Review

Top Staff Essays of 2019

December 26, 2019

We are pleased to feature the top essays written by The Regulatory Review staff in 2019, including Benjamin Barsky’s “The Need for Vaccine Regulation Overhaul,” Jared Kadich’s “Fixing the Shortfall in Highway Infrastructure Funding,” Kate Mancuso’s “The Rise of Electric Scooter Regulations,” and more.

Top Regulatory News of 2019

December 27, 2019 | Alana Bevan, Mary Ann McNulty, and Samuel Whillans

In lieu of our regular Friday feature—the Week in Review—we are recapping some of the top regulatory news from the entire year, including the government shutdown, the Trump Administration’s continued push for environmental deregulation, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on partisan gerrymandering.

Top Contributor Essays of 2019

December 30, 2019

We are pleased to feature the top essays written by our expert contributors in 2019, including James Goodwin’s “Can Hip Hop Save Rulemaking?,” Herbert Hovenkamp’s “The Warren Campaign’s Antitrust Proposals,” Julia Stein’s “Single-Use Plastics Need Comprehensive Federal Legislation,” and more.

Featured Regulatory Series of 2019

December 31, 2019

We are pleased to recap the many topical series published in The Regulatory Review during 2019, including “Deregulation Then and Now,” “The Future of Workplace Regulation,” “Using Rigorous Policy Pilots to Improve Governance,” and more.