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Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, February 2, 2007

A Study of FCC Electronic Rulemaking

John M. P. De Figueiredo, UCLA Anderson School of Management, has published "E-Rulemaking: Bringing Data to Theory at the Federal Communications Commission" as a working paper. Here is the abstract.

This paper examines the theoretical promise of e-rulemaking with an examination of data about all filings at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1999 to 2004. The paper first reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on e-rulemaking. It then analyzes a dataset of all filings at the FCC using descriptive statistics and regression analysis to determine what drives e-filings and whether the theoretical promise of e-rulemaking is being realized six years into the experiment. The paper finds that though there has indeed been a long-term trend away from paper filings and toward electronic filings, citizen participation seems not to have increased from earlier time periods. Rather, e-filing has become a marginal change to the rulemaking process and merely another avenue by which interested parties file comments.

Download the entire paper from SSRN here.

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