Reviewing Delegation: An Analysis of the Congressional Reauthorization Process / Edition 1

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Overview

Members of Congress often delegate power to bureaucratic experts, but they fear losing permanent control of the policy. One way Congress has dealt with this problem is to require reauthorization of the program or policy. Cox argues that Congress uses this power selectively, and is more likely to require reauthorization when policy is complex or they do not trust the executive branch. By contrast, reauthorization is less likely to be required when there are large disagreements about policy within Congress. In the process, Cox shows that committees are important independent actors in the legislative process, and that committees with homogenous policy preferences may have an advantage in getting their bills through Congress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275978525
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES H. COX is Assistant Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Understanding congressional control of the bureaucracy 1
2 Four models of agenda control 11
3 Toward a tradeoff explanation of control 25
4 The authorization process 43
5 Case studies of the choice to use temporary authorization 61
6 Comparing the success of passing reauthorization legislation across agencies 83
7 A quantitative assessment of transaction cost theory 105
8 Conclusion 123
App List of Federal agencies analyzed in chapter 4 131
References 143
Index 155
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