Commentaries & Insights

Our Commentaries and Insights are short-form publications intended to distill long-form research and synthesize current policymaking activity into easily understood concepts.


Rulemaking Ossification Is Real: A Response to Testing the Ossification Thesis

Jason & Susan Yackee engage in an empirical study and claim to find relatively weak evidence that ossification is neither a serious or widespread problem. After a review of the Yackee’s methodology, dataset, time period, and suggestion of appropriate normative criteria, I conclude that nothing in the Yackee’s study contradicts or undermines the ossification hypothesis. In fact, ossification is a real problem that has a wide variety of serious adverse effects.

Why Do Politicians Pursue Regulatory Reforms?

Scholars find considerable evidence that the state-level regulatory reforms are about political gain more than administrative efficiency or economic benefits.

IRS and SBA Office of Advocacy Spar over Affordable Care Act Implementation

The IRS published a final rule setting up a tax penalty for businesses whose employees purchase health insurance through an Exchange using a federal subsidy.

Regulatory Reform: What’s New in 2014?

The 113th Congress is considering various bills that would reform the way regulations are developed, analyzed, and reviewed.

Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson’s “Bureaucracy”

Few have had as much influence on my development as a researcher as Professor James Q. Wilson.