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Lecture | Research Seminar

FGGA Research Seminar: The Politics of Rule-Making in the United States

Thursday 17 January 2019
No registration is needed for the seminar. After the seminar, refreshments will be served.
FGGA Research Seminars
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


Rulemaking is a critical part of American government and governance. This article reviews the political underpinnings of modern rulemaking. Specifically, it highlights the process and impact of agency regulations, as well as the key tools used by the legislature, elected executive, and courts to oversee the rulemaking process. The article also reviews who participates in the rulemaking process, as well as who influences regulatory content. Finally, new directions in regulatory policymaking are explored, including data collection advancements, as well as the potential role for guidance documents as replacements for more traditionally issued notice and comment regulations.


Susan Webb Yackee is Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at UW-Madison. Her research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policymaking process, public management, regulation, administrative law, and interest group politics. Her work has been published in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Public Administration Review and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Yackee’s article “Clerks or Kings? Partisan Alignment and Delegation to the U.S. Bureaucracy” (with Christine Palus) won the 2017 Beryl Radin Award for best article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

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