Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2091503
 
 

Footnotes (269)



 


 



Agencies in Crisis?: An Examination of State and Federal Agency Emergency Powers


Babette Boliek


Pepperdine University School of Law

March 12, 2011

81 Fordham Law Review 101 (2013)

Abstract:     
That state and federal agencies have emergency powers, is well known. Much less is known about the process and circumstances under which these powers are exercised — subjects that divide scholars into two theoretical camps. Scholars on one side assert that ample agency discretion in time of need is not only desirable, but it is laudable in the pursuit of efficiency and “deossification” of regulatory action. Scholars on the other side contend that emergency powers are so broadly granted, and representative procedure is so easily abandoned, that the inevitable result is agency unaccountability and aggrandizement. In response, this article presents new empirical research that shows a startling rise in the actual use of federal emergency power (the “good cause” exemption) and extensive use by certain state agencies of their comparable emergency rulemaking powers. After conducting a novel and comprehensive normative analysis, this article concludes by offering an approach to reharmonize the efficiency/public participation trade-off for emergency rulemaking at both the state and federal level: (i) to restrict federal agency emergency powers in language and structure and (ii) to increase agency flexibility at the state level. This article is incredibly timely, as not only has the general level of emergency rulemaking increased, but federal and state administrative agencies must now gird themselves for an increased burden on agencies that regulate health insurance programs. In this arena in particular, the empirical evidence reveals intense tension between administrative efficiency and public participation and a compelling need for an immediate rebalancing of these competing interests.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: administrative law, emergency power, 553(b), state adminstrative law, good cause, imminent peril, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, Model State Administrative Act

JEL Classification: H1, K23, K40

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: June 25, 2012 ; Last revised: May 6, 2013

Suggested Citation

Boliek, Babette, Agencies in Crisis?: An Examination of State and Federal Agency Emergency Powers (March 12, 2011). 81 Fordham Law Review 101 (2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2091503

Contact Information

Babette Boliek (Contact Author)
Pepperdine University School of Law ( email )
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 358
Downloads: 34
Footnotes:  269

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.203 seconds