Ideology Versus Partisanship: Regulatory Behavior and Cyclical Political Influence

11 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2006

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Keith S. Brown

CNA Corporation

Adam Candeub

Michigan State University - College of Law

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Date Written: July 3, 2006

Abstract

We employ a unique data set of 41,137 commissioner votes in 8,252 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decisions and orders, reflecting every voted commission decision from 1976-2003, in order to examine those factors that determined commissioner voting at the FCC. We discover a cyclical relationship between commissioner party-line voting and the presidential election. We hypothesize a partisanship effect, tied to the presidential election cycle, which works separately from commissioners' ideological preferences.

Keywords: Administrative Law, Independent Agencies, FCC, Empirical Legal Research

JEL Classification: K29, K40

Suggested Citation

Brown, Keith S. and Candeub, Adam, Ideology Versus Partisanship: Regulatory Behavior and Cyclical Political Influence (July 3, 2006). MSU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=913806 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.913806

Keith S. Brown

CNA Corporation ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Adam Candeub (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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