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Consultation as a Tool

Consultation as a Tool

(p.114) 5 Consultation as a Tool
Bending the Rules
Rachel Augustine Potter
University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 continues to follow the arc of the rulemaking process, picking up at the next stage of the rulemaking process: public consultation. The chapter shows how the feedback that an agency receives from key stakeholders can either enhance or detract from a rule's prospects. Anticipating this, agencies craft their consultation strategies with key external constituencies in mind. Focusing on the public comment period, the results demonstrate empirically how agencies extend or limit public consultation opportunities in response to the political environment. This analysis highlights the important role that outside audiences, and an agency's core interest groups in particular, play in the procedural politicking game.

Keywords:   public comment period, rulemaking, procedural politicking, consultation, interest groups

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