Presidents and Process: A Comparison of the Regulatory Process Under the Clinton and Bush (43) Administrations

Posted: 1 Oct 2006  

Stuart Shapiro

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Date Written: September 29, 2006

Abstract

Do procedural controls placed on the regulatory process allow politicians to control bureaucratic decision-making? I use data on the regulatory process under the Clinton and Bush Administrations to assess the differences between these presidents with distinct ideological regulatory agendas. I find that the number of comments received, the changes made between proposal and finalization of rules, the frequency with which agencies bypass notice and comment and the time to complete a rulemaking did not vary substantially between the two presidencies. This raises questions about the effectiveness of procedural controls on agency decision-making.

Keywords: regulation, participation, procedures politics

JEL Classification: K23, I51

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Stuart, Presidents and Process: A Comparison of the Regulatory Process Under the Clinton and Bush (43) Administrations (September 29, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=933678

Stuart Shapiro (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy ( email )

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

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