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The Federal Regulatory Directory, Eighteenth Edition continues to offer a clear path through the maze of complex federal agencies and regulations, providing to-the-point analysis of regulations. Information-packed profiles of more than 100 federal agencies and departments detail the history, structure, purpose, actions, and key contacts for every regulatory agency in the U.S. government. Now updated with an improved searching structure, the Federal Regulatory Directory continues to be the leading reference for understanding federal regulations, providing a richer, more targeted exploration than is possible by cobbling together electronic and print sources.

■ After Centuries, Americans Are Still Debating the Value of Regulations
After centuries, americans are still debating the value of regulations

Americans have been debating the proper role of government since before the founding of the Republic. Throughout the nation’s history, many have viewed the government and its regulatory power as a means to right injustices and produce a fairer society. Many others have seen things differently, arguing that vigorous regulation hobbles economic activity and personal freedom.

The debate continues today. During the last presidential campaign, for instance, both major party presidential candidates spoke about government regulation. In October 2016, about a month before Election Day, Republican Donald J. Trump told an audience in New Hampshire that “70 percent of regulations can go” because they are “stopping ...

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