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First Generation E-Rulemaking: An Assessment of Regulatory Agency Websites


Stuart Shapiro


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Cary Coglianese


University of Pennsylvania Law School

April 11, 2007

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 07-15

Abstract:     
We examine 89 websites from federal regulatory agencies in order to evaluate their ease of use for those interested in commenting on or learning about their proposed regulations. We find that while there has been a lot of attention given to second and third generation "e-rulemaking" efforts, agency websites, a first generation innovation, still have considerable room for improvement. Notwithstanding legislative and executive branch efforts to enhance the accessibility of regulatory information on the Internet, our coding of regulatory agency websites reveals considerable variation in the quality of agency websites, with many websites still failing to provide relatively basic features.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: e-rulemaking, websites, regulation.

JEL Classification: K23, O38

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Date posted: April 15, 2007  

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Shapiro, Stuart and Coglianese, Cary, First Generation E-Rulemaking: An Assessment of Regulatory Agency Websites (April 11, 2007). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 07-15. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=980247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.980247

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Stuart Shapiro
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy ( email )
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States
Cary Coglianese (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-898-6867 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.upenn.edu/coglianese
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