The GW Regulatory Studies Center scholars regularly conduct applied research to understand regulatory policy and practice from a public interest perspective. Our content often takes the form of public interest comments, formal testimony, working papers, policy insights, and short commentaries analyzing the most pressing issues in regulatory policy. View the rest of our material by the different types of publications listed on this page or our research areas.

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What We Publish

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Public Comments & Testimonies

Scholarly analysis of the potential effects of particular rulemakings from federal agencies, and advice to Congress on how to improve the rulemaking process.


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Commentaries & Insights

Short-form publications intended for all audiences which provide easy to access analysis of regulatory policy.

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Books & Reports

Formal publications, often completed with other leading organizations and individuals, providing a thorough understanding of regulations and the rulemaking process.

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The weekly Regulation Digest contains everything you need to know about regulatory policy today, and our monthly Center Update gives you all of the latest from our team.


For accessible charts and supporting data that you can use in your own publications or presentations, visit the Reg Stats page.


Latest Publications 

Jimmy Carter, the Great Deregulator

The regulatory reforms of President Jimmy Carter set in motion a wave of deregulation that brought lower prices and better consumer choices to key industries

Beyond Republicans and the Disapproval of Regulations

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Congressional Review Act has been used by both U.S. political parties to nullify regulations

Highlights from the SBCA 2023 Annual Conference

The Regulatory Studies Center team was delighted to participate in the SBCA annual conference, featuring perspectives and research on benefit-cost analysis.

Merger Law Is Dante’s Inferno Revisited

The shift by agencies away from the current guidelines on mergers and acquisitions has left firms in limbo.

Making State Level Regulation More Accountable

Virginia's new guidelines aim to streamline its state-level regulatory red tape by 25% and could serve as a useful model for other states.

Broadening Public Engagement in the Federal Regulatory Process

Public interest comment with input on public engagement initiatives by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

How Not To Write a Regulation

Federal Railroad Administration has not identified a compelling public need for its proposed rule on minimum crew size

The Promise (and a Potential Pitfall) of the Biden Administration’s Equity in Public Engagement Initiative

OIRA’s public engagement recommendations have the opportunity to expand engagement in the federal rulemaking process

FTC Commissioner Wilson’s Noisy Resignation

GW Law Professor Richard J. Pierce on accusations of unethical and unconstitutional behavior by the FTC Chair

Top Ten Essays from 2022

Our scholars and experts explored a wide range of topics last year and published leading insights on the regulation developments that mattered most.