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How Politics Shapes the Growth of Rules

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This article examines the impact of politics on governmental rule production. Traditionally, explanations of rule dynamics have focused on nonpolitical factors such as the self-evolvement of rules, environmental factors, and decision maker attributes. This article develops a set of hypotheses about when, why, and how political factors shape changes in the stock of rules. Furthermore, we test these hypotheses on a unique, new data set based on all Danish primary legislation and administrative rules from 1989 to 2011 categorized into 20 different policy domains. The analysis shows that the traditional Weberian “rules breed rules” explanations must be supplemented with political explanations that take party ideology and changes in the political agenda into account. Moreover, the effect of political factors is indistinguishable across changes in primary laws and changes in administrative rules, a result that challenges the depiction of the latter rule-making process as more or less disconnected from the political domain.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftGovernance: An international journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions
Vol/bind28
Nummer4
Sider (fra-til)497-515
Antal sider19
ISSN0952-1895
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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