The Role of Nonpartisan Staff in the Legislative Process

7 Pages Posted: 10 May 2013 Last revised: 27 Jun 2014

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George K. Yin

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: June 18, 2013


This short paper explains why the value of nonpartisan staff in the legislative process may stem primarily from the staff’s responsibilities to serve a broad group of legislators with heterogeneous interests, rather than on the “nonpartisan” nature of the staff. An earlier version of this paper was delivered in April, 2013, as the keynote address to a tax symposium sponsored by the Northwestern University Law School in celebration of the centennial of the modern income tax.

Keywords: nonpartisan, nonpartisan staff, legislative process, top-down lawmaking

JEL Classification: A11, H20, K34

Suggested Citation

Yin, George K., The Role of Nonpartisan Staff in the Legislative Process (June 18, 2013). 139 Tax Notes 1415 (2013); Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2013-07; Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 2013-03. Available at SSRN:

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