Rulemaking is the single most important function performed by government agencies. While Congress and the president provide the general framework for the government's mission, rulemaking fills in the details that define the law and delineate how each agency carries out its responsibilities. Cornelius Kerwin, and new co-author Scott Furlong, update this highly regarded text with new data, fresh analysis of interest groups' participation in rulemaking, as well as coverage of the Obama administration's early actions, from executive orders and key personnel to agencies' responses to changes. An invaluable and accessible guide to this intensely political process, Rulemaking contains the most current scholarship on a crucial yet understudied subject.
Cornelius M. Kerwin is currently the provost of American University and a professor of public adminstration in American University's School of Public Affairs. Dr. Kerwin served as the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for the 1998-1999 term. Additionally, he worked as a consultant for several organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Scott R. Furlong is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His areas of expertise are regulatory policy and interest group participation in the executive branch, and he has taught public policy for over twenty years. He is the author or coauthor of numerous book chapters and coauthor of Rulemaking: How Government Agencies Write Laws and Make Policy, 4th ed. (2011), with Cornelius M. Kerwin. His articles have appeared in such journals as Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, Administrative Studies Quarterly, Administration and Society, American Review of Public Administration, and Policy Studies Journal.