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Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy

Rachel Augustine Potter


Who determines the fuel standards for our cars? What about whether Plan B, the morning-after pill, is sold at the local pharmacy? Many people assume such important and controversial policy decisions originate in the halls of Congress. But the choreographed actions of Congress and the president account for only a small portion of the laws created in the United States. Most law is actually created by administrative rules issued by federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, where unelected bureaucrats with policy goals and preference ... More

Keywords: separation of powers rulemaking bureaucrat public policy procedural politicking regulation president Congress courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226621609
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226621883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Augustine Potter, author
University of Virginia