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E-Rulemaking: Bringing Data to Theory at the Federal Communications Commission


John M. De Figueiredo


Duke University - School of Law; Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 15, 2006


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This paper examines the theoretical promise of e-rulemaking with an examination of data about all filings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1999 to 2004. The paper first reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on e-rulemaking. It then analyzes a dataset of all filings at the FCC using descriptive statistics and regression analysis to determine what drives e-filings and whether the theoretical promise of e-rulemaking is being realized six years into the experiment. The paper finds that though there has indeed been a long-term trend away from paper filings and toward electronic filings, citizen participation seems not to have increased from earlier time periods. Rather, e-filing has become a marginal change to the rulemaking process and merely another avenue by which interested parties file comments.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: E-Rulemaking, telecommunications, administrative law

JEL Classification: K23, L63

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Date posted: July 25, 2006  

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de Figueiredo, John M., E-Rulemaking: Bringing Data to Theory at the Federal Communications Commission (May 15, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=918621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.918621

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Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )
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