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dc.contributor.authorGersen, Jacob E.
dc.contributor.authorO'Connell, Anne Joesph
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-02T19:12:16Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationJacob Gersen & Anne Joseph O'Connell, Hiding in Plain Sight: Timing and Transparency in the Administrative State, 76 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1157 (2009).en_US
dc.identifier.issn0041-9494en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:10913977
dc.description.abstractAnecdotal evidence of agencies burying bad news is rife in law and politics. The bureaucracy regularly is accused of announcing controversial policies on holidays and weekends when public attention is elsewhere. We show that this conventional wisdom is wrong, or at least significantly incomplete. The conventional wisdom is riddled with theoretical holes, and there is little systematic empirical evidence to support it. After critiquing the conventional account of agencies hiding bad news, we articulate and defend a revised theory of strategic timing in administrative law. We argue that timing decisions rarely affect the visibility of decisions but can drive up the costs of monitoring and responding for interest groups and legislative coalitions. Agency discretion to choose when to announce policy decisions can even allow agencies to influence which interest groups monitor the regulatory process and therefore whose preferences must be taken into account. We evaluate both the conventional wisdom and our revised theory using twenty-five years of empirical evidence. We then develop the implications for administrative law doctrine and institutional design of the bureaucracy.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/file/505-jg-hiding.pdfen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1509026en_US
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dc.titleHiding in Plain Sight: Timing and Transparency in the Administrative Stateen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
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dc.relation.journalUniversity of Chicago Law Reviewen_US
dash.depositing.authorGersen, Jacob E.
dc.date.available2013-08-02T19:12:16Z
dash.contributor.affiliatedGersen, Jacob


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