Changing the Rules: Interest Groups and Federal Environmental Rulemaking

35 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 3 Sep 2009

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The focus of this paper is to present an innovative way to use frame analysis to evaluate interest group influence during the pre-proposal stage of the rulemaking process across five case studies: 1) the USFWS critical habitat designation for Nebraska’s Salt Creek Tiger Beetle; 2) the USFWS critical habitat designation for Utah/Arizona Shivwits and Holmgren Milk Vetches; 3) the USFWS delisting of the Northern Rocky Wolf population from the endangered species list; 4) the EPA regulations for locomotive and marine engine emissions; and 5) the EPA standards for renewable fuels. In analyzing these five cases, this paper finds strong evidence to support that the particular frames stakeholders used during the pre-proposal stage shaped the language of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Keywords: rulemaking, interest groups, influence, pre-proposal stage

Suggested Citation

Rinfret, Sara, Changing the Rules: Interest Groups and Federal Environmental Rulemaking (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1452353

Sara Rinfret (Contact Author)

University of Montana ( email )

52 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59821
United States

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