Interest-Group Theories of Regulation: A Skeptical Note

5 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2021

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Cass R. Sunstein

Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: April 18, 2021

Abstract

As a rule, regulation is not acquired by “the industry,” and it is not designed and operated primarily for its benefit. The mechanisms behind the promulgation of regulations are multiple, and almost all of the time, it greatly matters whether regulators believe that regulations will, all things considered, have good consequences. In terms of understanding the sources of regulations, it would therefore be valuable to obtain more clarity about the sources of the beliefs of regulators — about what information they receive and find credible, and why.

Keywords: interest groups, regulation, motivated reasoning

JEL Classification: D00, D73

Suggested Citation

Sunstein, Cass R., Interest-Group Theories of Regulation: A Skeptical Note (April 18, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3829993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3829993

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