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Agency Design as an Ongoing Tool of Bureaucratic Influence

Christopher Reenock and Sarah Poggione
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 383-406
Published by: Washington University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3598559
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

Theoretical work assumes that legislators use ex ante design to gain bureaucratic influence, not only at an agency's appointment stage but also as an ongoing tactic. Yet no empirical work has investigated whether or not legislators prefer to use design to exert influence after an agency's appointment stage. Using a mail survey of more than 2,500 legislators, we model legislators' preferences for ex ante design as a function of both institutional factors and individual legislators' characteristics. Our results suggest that the feasibility of agency design as an ongoing tactic of bureaucratic influence is more limited than theoretical work indicates and that both institutional- and individual-level factors explain legislators' preferences.

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