TITLE

Administrative Procedures and Bureaucratic Performance: Is Federal Rule-making “Ossified”?

AUTHOR(S)
Yackee, Jason Webb; Yackee, Susan Webb
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Apr2010, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p261
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the empirical assessment of the ossification thesis that procedural constraints on federal agencies obstruct the ability of those agencies to formulate policy through notice and comment rule-making. It notes that data covering all active federal rule-writing agencies from 1983 to 2006 disconfirmed the ossification thesis as agencies appear readily able to issue a sizeable number of rules quickly. Empirical results suggest that procedural constraints may actually speed up the promulgation of rules, though this positive effect may decline, or even reverse, as proposed rules age. It concludes that procedural constraints do not appear to unduly interfere with the ability of federal agencies to act in a timely manner.
ACCESSION #
53299114

 

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