On November 20, the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI) released The Price of Neglect (PDF), a report documenting the Bush administration’s systematic erosion of public health and environmental protections. According to the report, the administration distorted or ignored economic analysis as it weakened regulations for ideological and political purposes. “While the failure to regulate the markets helped spark the global financial crisis, the steady erosion of environmental, health and safety regulations had a quieter, but equally devastating impact,” says Michael Livermore, executive director of IPI.