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Making Lemonade from Lemons: Accounting for Agency Capacity in Rulemaking

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Determining the extent to which regulatory agencies promulgate rules in a timely manner is on a short list of the most fundamental questions facing contemporary scholars of bureaucratic politics. Studies assessing perceived regulatory delay have focused attention on describing the influences on an agency’s rulemaking agenda (West and Raso 2012), agency responsiveness to statutory and judicial deadlines (Yackee and Yackee 2010; Lavertu and Yackee 2012), and the ability of agencies to strategically prioritize certain rules depending upon the political environment (Acs 2015). Despite the wide range of studies examining regulatory timeliness, few have considered in a comprehensive manner the effects of differences in the capacities of agencies to promulgate rules. We examine how variation in staffing levels and available resources in agency rulemaking and policy offices affects the abilities of these agencies to meet statutory rulemaking deadlines. Using an original data set of full-time equivalent employees in each agency’s rulemaking and policy offices along with office-specific appropriations amounts, we model the impacts of rulemaking resources on regulatory timing. The results reveal that some agencies are able to overcome capacity limitations more effectively than others to mitigate the possibility for protracted rulemaking processes.
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Carrigan, Christopher. and Mills, Russell. "Making Lemonade from Lemons: Accounting for Agency Capacity in Rulemaking" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 01, 2016 <Not Available>. 2017-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1128786_index.html>

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Carrigan, C. M. and Mills, R. W. , 2016-09-01 "Making Lemonade from Lemons: Accounting for Agency Capacity in Rulemaking" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2017-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1128786_index.html

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Abstract: Determining the extent to which regulatory agencies promulgate rules in a timely manner is on a short list of the most fundamental questions facing contemporary scholars of bureaucratic politics. Studies assessing perceived regulatory delay have focused attention on describing the influences on an agency’s rulemaking agenda (West and Raso 2012), agency responsiveness to statutory and judicial deadlines (Yackee and Yackee 2010; Lavertu and Yackee 2012), and the ability of agencies to strategically prioritize certain rules depending upon the political environment (Acs 2015). Despite the wide range of studies examining regulatory timeliness, few have considered in a comprehensive manner the effects of differences in the capacities of agencies to promulgate rules. We examine how variation in staffing levels and available resources in agency rulemaking and policy offices affects the abilities of these agencies to meet statutory rulemaking deadlines. Using an original data set of full-time equivalent employees in each agency’s rulemaking and policy offices along with office-specific appropriations amounts, we model the impacts of rulemaking resources on regulatory timing. The results reveal that some agencies are able to overcome capacity limitations more effectively than others to mitigate the possibility for protracted rulemaking processes.


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