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  • Warren J. Samuels
  • James D. Shaffer


The authors suggest that most arguments in favor of deregulation are really double-edged swords which render the debate over deregulation inconclusive at best. They challenge the following positions as inconclusive: (1) that deregulation per se is good; (2) that it protects rights; (3) that deregulation removes uncertainties concerning the marketplace; (4) that it reduces "nitpicking" and coercive regulation; (5) that deregulation promotes greater productivity and efficiency; (6) that it combats inflation; (7) that regulations often cannot be justified by benefits over costs; and (8) there are serious problems of attaining optimum levels of regulation. Special interest groups in favor of deregulation are seen to bear a remarkable resemblance to groups opposed to deregulation. Copyright 1982 by The Policy Studies Organization.

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  • Warren J. Samuels & James D. Shaffer, 1982. "DEREGULATION: THE PRINCIPAL INCONCLUSIVE ARGUMENTS -super-1," Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Organization, vol. 1(3), pages 463-469, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revpol:v:1:y:1982:i:3:p:463-469

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