Evaluating Regulatory Reforms: Lessons for Future Reforms
Sherzod Abdukadirov Whether they think that agencies regulate too much or not enough, critics from widely differing perspectives agree that rulemaking is all too often hijacked by special interests. Some critics claim that federal agencies are influenced too much by calls for new regulation from various activist groups.
Others argue that powerful industry lobbies often derail necessary regulation and leave people exposed to environmental harms and unsafe products.
Some critics blame presidential oversight for unnecessarily politicizing the regulatory process and delaying regulations necessary to protect public health, safety, and the environment.
Implicitly, they assume that left to their own devices, policy-neutral experts within federal agencies would produce better regulations to serve the public need. In contrast, other critics point to agency unaccountability as the source of excessive and often inefficient regulation.
They seek to improve the process by strengthening either congressional or judicial oversight. Yet all these critics can agree on the need for reforming the process.
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