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How Government Agencies Write Law and Make Policy

Fifth Edition

August 2018 | 304 pages | CQ Press

Rulemaking’s logic was transparent and intuitive—a wonderful review of rule-making.”

—Paul Pavlich, Southern Oregon University

In this thought-provoking new edition of their highly regarded text, authors Kerwin and Furlong help students grasp the dynamics of today’s American politics by showing them how rulemaking remains an elemental part of our government system. Rulemaking, Fifth Edition, brings concepts to life with the inclusion of new data, a fresh analysis of interest group participation, and new coverage of the Trump administration’s actions from executive orders and key personnel to agencies’ responses to changes. An invaluable and accessible guide to an intensely political process, this much-anticipated edition contains the most current scholarship on a crucial yet understudied subject.

New to the Fifth Edition

  • New scholarship from the past five to six years provides readers with the latest research and analysis in rulemaking.
  • Updated information on the Obama administration and the beginning of the Trump Administration puts rulemaking in context and demonstrates how different administrations use this tool.
  • New tables and charts reflect the most recent data available to better illustrate the trends and patterns of rulemaking.

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We’ve made it easy for students to get Bureaucracy and Democracy, Fourth Edition all in one convenient package at a student-friendly price. When bundled with the new edition of Rulemaking, students receive a 20% discount.

Use ISBN: 9781544341613

List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1: The Substance of Rules and the Reasons for Rulemaking
The Definition of Rulemaking

The History of Rulemaking

Categories of Rules

The Reasons for Rulemaking: What It Has to Offer

Chapter 2: The Process of Rulemaking
Process and Substance

The Core Elements of Rulemaking: Information, Participation, Accountability

Information: Increased Legal Requirements

Participation: Expanded Opportunities Mandated by Law

Mechanisms of Accountability

How the APA Model Has Changed

Exceptions, Exemptions, and Evasions

The Stages of Rulemaking

Chapter 3: Issues and Contradictions
The Volume of Rulemaking

Quality and Consequences



Bureaucratic Discretion

The Effects of Rulemaking

Inseparable Issues

Chapter 4: The Management of Rulemaking
Presidential Management

Management on the Agency Level

Managing Individual Rules


Chapter 5: Participation in Rulemaking
The Purposes of Participation

The Origins and History of Participation

Actual Patterns of Participation

Does Participation Matter?

Chapter 6: Oversight of Rulemaking
Accountability and Congress

Accountability to the President

Accountability to the Courts


Chapter 7: Rulemaking: Theory and Reform
The Value of Theory

Elements of Rulemaking Theory

The Reform of Rulemaking

Appendix: Titles and Chapters in the Code of Federal Regulations
About the Authors

Rulemaking’s logic was transparent and intuitive—a wonderful review of rule-making.”

Paul Pavlich
Southern Oregon University

Rulemaking (like any other form of policymaking) isn't as linear as we often think, but Kerwin and Furlong do a good job of organizing it in the most logical way possible.”

Michael Gruszczynski
University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Rulemaking is readable for undergraduates of all levels.”

Sara Rinfret
Hartwick College

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ISBN: 9781483352817

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