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Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory State: Theory and Evidence

  • November 7, 2014
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.

Policy Integrity’s legal director Jason Schwartz will speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., as part of the Penn Program on Regulation’s workshop, “Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory State: Theory and Evidence,” on November 7th.

Agenda-setting in the regulatory process has yet to receive scholarly attention commensurate with its importance. It is often the case that agencies could regulate quite expansively and on almost any issue that they wish, as when a relevant statute delegates authority to the agency to regulate in the best interest of the public with respect to a particular risk or hazard. But agencies often times will not regulate, whether because they sincerely believe it would be best to decline for technical reasons or resource limitations, or because they are subject to some form of pressure from other institutions or actors.

Schwartz will speak about the role of interest groups in regulatory agenda-setting.