As the new year arrives, RegBlog would like to reflect on the many important regulatory developments and debates that occurred in the United States and around the world in 2016. We also want to recognize some of the excellent work we had the privilege to feature on RegBlog this past year. From Monday, December 26th through Wednesday, December 28th, we are presenting the top 50 essays published on RegBlog over the past twelve months, based on the number of page views.
Today we feature, in alphabetical order by author, the top news and analysis essays from 2016. Visit our “Regulatory Year in Review” series main page for information about the top opinion essays and series.
Jessica Bassett | Wednesday, February 24
An economy increasingly based on algorithms will need a more sophisticated government, too.
Sara Bodnar | Tuesday, March 29
A proposed rule would cover certain gender transition services for military members.
Katie Cramer | Tuesday, March 15
Institute for Law and Economics panel examines the automaker’s corporate culture and regulatory violations.
Kim Cullen | Wednesday, March 9
Philadelphia City Council considers hoverboard restrictions for young users.
Joel Dankwa | Wednesday, October 19
Federal and state legislatures explore ways to address encryption disputes.
Griffin Davis | Monday, November 21
Scholar argues that regulators will have difficulty applying cost-benefit analysis to mandatory GMO labeling.
Michael A. Fletcher II | Tuesday, March 8
Lawyers propose strategies for regulators in implementing often-overlooked Volcker Rule provisions.
Michael A. Fletcher II | Wednesday, September 21
Penn scholar explains the role, structure, and possible changes to the Federal Reserve System.
Jana FitzGerald | Thursday, March 31
California regulators lift ban on commercial fishing following health, economic, and environmental concerns.
Jana FitzGerald | Monday, August 29
A legislative committee report urges state regulators to seek alternative water sources.
Kim Kirschenbaum | Friday, February 19
RegBlog reflects on the late Justice Scalia’s most consequential—and colorful—opinions in administrative law.
Jennifer Ko | Wednesday, November 23
EPA moves to increase support for ethanol and other renewable fuels.
Brandi Lupo | Tuesday, February 23
Wisconsin farmers bring lawsuit challenging a state ban on the sale of homemade baked goods.
Sarah Melanson | Wednesday, February 3
Researchers argue for reducing FDA involvement in medical device regulation.
James Rathz | Tuesday, May 24
A utility commission decision—criticized for discouraging solar energy—highlights challenges facing the electricity sector.
Dan Stepanicich | Thursday, February 11
Chairman Wheeler seeks to promote competition in the video services market by unlocking the set-top box.
Alex Walsh | Tuesday, October 25
Scholar argues that ambitious German regulation on computer trades, although imperfect, is beneficial.
Livia Wanderley Vieira | Friday, April 15
Brazilian prosecutors hope to curb corruption with new laws—but critics say they go too far.
Grayson Weeks | Tuesday, March 1
Government Accountability Office issues report finding oversight system too fragmented and complex.
Bryan Williamson | Thursday, November 24
Scholars argue that environmental laws improve air quality despite increases in U.S. manufacturing output.
Tanya Xu | Tuesday, March 1
Philadelphia’s parking authority takes action to rein in Uber’s alleged violations of the city’s regulations.