Mark Sendzik , Wim Wiewel
Mark Sendzik was a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wim Wiewel Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.
Theories of market and government failure emphasize that public policies may often have unintended consequences. As such, policies should be carefully designed to minimize potential shortcomings, which may hinder resolution of a perceived problem. This paper examines the underlying rationale and consequences of actions taken by local, state, and federal governments in the United States during a perceived solid waste crisis during the 1980s.