Delegating Powers: A Transaction Cost Politics Approach to Policy Making under Separate Powers / Edition 1

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In this path-breaking book, David Epstein and Sharyn O'Halloran produce the first unified theory of policy making between the legislative and executive branches. Examining major US policy initiatives from 1947 to 1992, the authors describe the conditions under which the legislature narrowly constrains executive discretion, and when it delegates authority to the bureaucracy. In doing so, the authors synthesize diverse and competitive literatures, from transaction cost and principal-agent theory in economics, to information models developed in both economics and political science, to substantive and theoretical work on legislative organization and on bureaucratic discretion.

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"The analogy proves splendidly fruitful, generating empirically supported insights not only into the factors that cause Congress to make policy of 'buy' it from agencies but also into the forces that shape how Congress organizes committees and oversees agencies." Regulation

"Delegating Powers clearly hews its way into a complex question and makes valuable progress." Perspectives on Politics

"The analogy proves splendidly fruitful, generating empirically supported insights not only into the factors that cause Congress to make policy of 'buy' it from agencies but also into the forces that shape how Congress organizes committees and oversees agencies." Regulation

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Table of Contents

1. Paths of policy making; 2. Choosing how to decide; 3. Transaction cost politics; 4. The decision to delegate; 5. Data and postwar trends; 6. Delegation and congressional-executive relations; 7. Delegation and legislative organization; 8. Delegation and issue areas; 9. Conclusion; Afterword on comparative institutions.

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