Opinion

Bureaucratic Rules: A Tale of Two Libraries

Bureaucratic Rules: A Tale of Two Libraries

Differing bureaucratic missions produce different regulatory environments for visitors at two major government libraries.

Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?

Is Flexible Regulation an Oxymoron?

Regulatory flexibility makes sense only when comparing rules’ stringency, structure, specificity, and scope.

Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson’s “Bureaucracy”

Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson’s “Bureaucracy”

Few have had as much influence on my development as a researcher as Professor Wilson.

A Simple Solution to Ineffective Regulations

A Simple Solution to Ineffective Regulations

Two CPSC Commissioners explain how to improve consumer product safety regulation.

Jim Wilson: From Human Nature to Middle Initials

Jim Wilson: From Human Nature to Middle Initials

Jim Wilson continues to influence my professional career in unintended but delightful ways.

James Q. Wilson and Evidence-Based Government

James Q. Wilson and Evidence-Based Government

Evidence-based research was the crux of James Q. Wilson’s approach to government policy.

The Need to Protect Health from Fine Particles

The Need to Protect Health from Fine Particles

EPA must articulate and justify how its ozone decisions protect the public health.

James Q. Wilson: The (Organization) Man

James Q. Wilson: The (Organization) Man

James Q. Wilson was, above all else, a diligent and insightful student of organizations.

Grounded: Not Only in Ideas, But in Reality

Grounded: Not Only in Ideas, But in Reality

Prof. Wilson was much more than a dissertation adviser.

Bureaucratic Breakdown

Bureaucratic Breakdown

James Q. Wilson’s Bureaucracy provides insight into the performance of government in complex bureaucracies.

Unbalanced Retrospective Regulatory Review

Unbalanced Retrospective Regulatory Review

Despite their potential, current retrospective reviews do not yet provide substantive reforms.

Where Have All the Wilsons Gone?

Where Have All the Wilsons Gone?

The best chances for the continuation of Jim’s tradition exist among public administration and public policy scholars more than among political scientists.