Network Ties and Congressional Delegation to U.S. Federal Agencies

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Many public administration studies have argued that agency network activity brings about important policy benefits such as informational advantages and stakeholder support. Given the proposition, agency network activity would positively affect congressional delegation because policymaking authority tends to be delegated to the agencies that can achieve appropriate policy outcomes. This hypothesis is examined by several regression tests using data from U.S. federal agencies. Statistical results indicate that the agencies with significant network ties are likely to yield more appropriate public policies and have greater statutory discretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-777
Number of pages26
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

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  • congressional delegation
  • discretion
  • network ties
  • policy appropriateness


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