The Science of Bureaucracy  
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The Science of Bureaucracy  
Risk Decision-Making and the US Environmental Protection Agency  
David Demortain  
The MIT Press  
Cambridge, Massachusetts  
London, England  
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data  
Names: Demortain, David, author.  
Title: The science of bureaucracy : risk decision-making and the US Environmental  
Protection Agency / David Demortain.  
Description: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, [2019] | Series: Inside technology  
series | Includes bibliographical references and index.  
Identifiers: LCCN 2019010651 | ISBN 9780262537940 (pbk. : alk. paper)  
Subjects: LCSH: United States. Environmental Protection Agency--  
Management--History. | Risk management--Government policy--  
United States--History. | Environmental policy--United States--Decision making. |  
Environmental policy--United States--History.  
Classification: LCC TD171 .D46 2019 | DDC 363.700973--dc23