State legislative influence over agency rulemaking: The utility of ex ante review

Brian J. Gerber, Cherie Maestas, Nelson C. Dometrius

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Scholars have argued that legislatures can use administrative procedures to constrain bureaucratic discretion and maintain policy control when delegating authority. One such mechanism is the formal authority to review agency rule proposals. We find that legislatures with stronger formal authority to review rules ex ante are viewed by agency heads as more influential in their rulemaking decisions, but this power is mitigated when such review is checked by the governor. Our analysis demonstrates the impact of institutional arrangements on general state legislative influence over policy implementation. Understanding this element of legislative control over state bureaucracies helps explain variations in state-level policymaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-46
Number of pages23
JournalState Politics and Policy Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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