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Publications [#286623] of Edward J. Balleisen

Journal Articles

  1. Balleisen, EJ; Brake, EK, Historical Perspective and Better Regulatory Governance: An Institutional Agenda for Reform, Regulation & Governance, vol. 8 no. 2 (2014), pp. 222-245 (published online as early view, 12-12; doi:10.1111/rego.12000.) [abstract], [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/11/26)

    Compared to economics, sociology, political science, and law, the discipline of history has had a limited role in the wide-ranging efforts to reconsider strategies of regulatory governance, especially inside regulatory institutions. This article explores how more sustained historical perspective might improve regulatory decisionmaking. We first survey how a set of American regulatory agencies currently rely on historical research and analysis, whether for the purposes of public relations or as a means of supporting policymaking. We then consider how regulatory agencies might draw on history more self-consciously, more strategically, and to greater effect. Three areas stand out in this regard – the use of history to improve understanding of institutional culture; reliance on historical analysis to test the empirical plausibility of conceptual models that make assumptions about the likelihood of potential economic outcomes; and integration of historical research methods into program and policy evaluation.

    historical analysis

    • institutional culture

    • institutional design

    • policy assessment

    • regulatory agencies

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