Steve Balla

Steven J. Balla

Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Phone: 202-994-7743
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Professor Balla’s research focuses on stakeholder participation in the development of regulations in the US and China.  Who participates in the making and implementing of regulations?  Does this participation have an effect on regulatory outputs and outcomes? Balla has studied the notice and comment process, OIRA regulatory review, advisory committees and negotiated rulemakings, among other topics.  

For the 2015 - 2016 academic year, Balla served as a Fulbright Scholar at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Balla also served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008-2009 at Peking University in Beijing, where he lectured on the American regulatory system and began conducting research on public involvement in policymaking in the Chinese political system.

With William T. Gormley, Jr., Balla is the author of Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance. 

He holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

GW Regulatory Studies Center Spotlight on Steve Balla



Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance, Fourth Edition, Steven J. Balla & William T. Gormley Jr., CQ Press, 2018

Is Consultation the “New Normal?”: Online Policymaking and Governance Reform in China, Steven J. Balla in the Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol. 22, Iss.3, September 2017

Salience, complexity, and state resistance to federal mandates, Steven J. Balla & Christopher J. Deering in the Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 35, Iss.3, December 2015

The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration, Edited by Steven J. Balla, Martin Lodge, and Edward C. Page, March 26, 2015

Political Control, Bureaucratic Discretion, and Public Commenting on Agency Regulations, Steven J. Balla, December 1, 2014

Stakeholder Participation and Regulatory Policymaking in the United States, Susan E. Dudley & Steven J. Balla, November 7, 2014

Public Commenting on Federal Agency Regulations: Research on Current Practices and Recommendations to the Administrative Conference of the United States, prepared for the Administrative Conference by Steven J. Balla, March 15, 2011

Information Technology, Political Participation, and Health System Reform in China, by Steven J. Balla


Congressional Oversight: Police Controls or Fire Alarms?, by Steve Balla, February 19, 2013

Public Commenting - ACUS Report, by Steven J. Balla, March 21, 2011