Defining Environmental Rule Making

Sara R. Rinfret and Scott R. Furlong

in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744671
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Defining Environmental Rule Making


This article explores the underpinnings of the U.S. administrative rulemaking process. First it discusses the role of the executive branch, the importance of the Administrative Procedure Act, and the stages of the rule-making process. Next, it considers the ways in which business and professional groups have influenced the later stages of the rule-making process. It finds that ex parte or off-the-record communications between an agency and interest groups during the preproposal stage can enhance our understanding of environmental rule making. Additional pathways for rule-making research, such as regulatory rooms or rule-making gateways, are particularly fruitful areas of scholarship. The article concludes with a suggestions for future research.

Keywords: environmental policies; policy making; executive branch; Administrative Procedure Act; rule-making research

Article.  9896 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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