Deadlines and Comprehensive Regulations

  • Jonathan Porat
Keywords: regulation, regulatory policy, judicial review, burdensome regulations, comprehensive regulatory analysis


There is a large push by the United States government to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the US regulatory regime. Established proposals aim to improve US regulatory policy by making it easier for the public to use judicial review as a tool to respond to overly burdensome regulations. Much of the debate over the effectiveness of these proposals focuses on more visible regulatory outcomes. Unfortunately, the effect of judicial review on regulatory development is often overlooked. If judicial review promotes less comprehensive regulatory analysis through the presence of inflexible judicial deadlines, then regulatory reform promoting judicial review ironically may not prevent negative regulatory outcomes. This paper empirically measures whether regulations with judicial deadlines are developed less comprehensively than regulations with laxer statutory deadlines. This paper will determine how the differences in the development of regulations with judicial deadlines should influence the way that the government analyzes proposals for regulatory reform.

Author Biography

Jonathan Porat
Jonathan Porat is in the final year of his Master of Public Policy program at The George Washington University where he is concentrating in applied economics and regulatory policy. Jonathan has a Bachelors degree from the University of Florida with a major in economics and a minor in religion. As a graduate student, Jonathan completed an internship with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the United States Office of Management and Budget. He also acted as a research analyst and assistant project manager for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs through The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. In addition, Jonathan constructs crossword puzzles for newspapers and books. He has work published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Penguin Classics Crossword Puzzles book.