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