Type: Public event

Relying on the little giants: The Lilliputians and the future of environmental regulation

Date & time

Oct 20, 2014-May 24, 2024, 11:30 am-5:56 pm EDT


Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 South State Street

About the lecture:
The modern environmental regulatory state in the U.S. has been dictated by statutes that are more than four decades old and is in need of updating. However, in the face of a gridlocked Congress and growing partisanship nationwide, it is unlikely those changes will come from our elected leaders; therefore, we have to turn elsewhere. The often-unnoticed actor in environmental policy is the state regulator—the Lilliputian. Together, these Lilliputians comprise the foundation of environmental regulation and the future regulatory state should increasingly rely on these little giants of environmental protection.

From the speaker's bio:
Michelle Pautz received her B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration from Elon University in 2003. She then went on to receive her MPA from Virginia Tech in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2008. She teaches and conducts research in environmental policy and regulation, government reform and accountability, and film and politics. Prior to joining the UD faculty, Dr. Pautz taught at Elon University, Ferrum College, and Virginia Tech. She also worked for the Virginia Department of Environment Quality and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.