Who Shapes the Rulemaking Agenda? Implications for Bureaucratic Responsiveness and Bureaucratic Control

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2013, Forthcoming

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 Last revised: 21 Jul 2013

Date Written: September 16, 2012

Abstract

This paper analyzes an original dataset of 276 rules to analyze a curiously neglected question: how do administrative agencies set their rulemaking agenda? Agenda setting is an important stage in the rulemaking process, as agencies typically have significant legal discretion over their agendas but lack the resources to pursue more than a fraction of possible rules. The results show that business groups and Congress exerted significant influence over agency rulemaking agendas. By contrast, the president and the courts were each responsible for only 3 percent of the rules on agency agendas, indicating that their influence over rulemaking is primarily reactive. These results suggest that recent literature assessing and advocating presidential control of administrative agencies has overestimated the president’s ability to coordinate the agency activity. More broadly, debates regarding presidential and congressional control of the administrative state should better incorporate the agenda setting process.

Keywords: rulemaking, bureaucracy, administrative law, presidency, administrative, agenda setting

Suggested Citation

West, William F. and Raso, Connor, Who Shapes the Rulemaking Agenda? Implications for Bureaucratic Responsiveness and Bureaucratic Control (September 16, 2012). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2147510

William F. West

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Connor Raso (Contact Author)

Independent

No Address Available

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
571
PlumX Metrics
!

Under construction: SSRN citations while be offline until July when we will launch a brand new and improved citations service, check here for more details.

For more information