This is an advanced course designed to introduce students to many facets of regulatory policy and law. The course will cover a broad set of areas from financial regulation, to air and water protection, to consumer products and utility regulation. The course seeks to facilitate student understanding of the regulatory environment and policy through the investigation of several broad questions: Why should we regulate? On what grounds does government derive the authority to regulate? How does the political process influence regulatory decision? And how do we develop and enforce effective regulations?