A Look At Federal Regulation, Legislation, And Litigation Through The Lens Of The Tobacco Industry

772 Words Apr 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Martha Derthick’s Up In Smoke is a detailed look at federal regulation, legislation, and litigation through the lens of the tobacco industry. By providing a detailed chronology of tobacco regulation in the United States, Derthick is able to shed light on the centers of influence connected to the development of policy concerning nicotine and cigarettes. The narrative attempts to illuminate the relative power of industry lobbyists, health administrators, congressmen, and tort lawyers in these dealings. In particular, the book focuses on the power struggle between non-elected officials and private interests groups in determining regulation. Because non-elected officials and interest groups have no formal legislative power, their attempts to influence policy and regulation is often referred to as “subgovernment.” Typically, the term subgovernment refers to the interaction between congressional committees, unelected administrators, and private interests. However, the inclusion of elected Attorney Generals and other state level officials in this narrative may represent a digression from the common definition. Still, the essence of nonormative policy development exists in tobacco regulation, empowering us to characterize these dealings as taking place within subgovernment. The interaction between these operators is also commonly characterized as an “iron triangle.” The terms “iron triangle” and “subgovernment” sound as if they refer to dealings that primarily take place in smoke…

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