Improving comment solicitation and fixing Regulations.gov will enhance access to the regulatory process.
Agencies should consider new tools to expand access to public opinion in the rulemaking process.
By creating internal rules on rulemaking, agencies can increase underserved communities’ access and participation.
Public comments allow agencies to understand the perspectives of those who regulations are intended to benefit.
Experts explore how federal agencies can better include and serve marginalized communities.
What is lost when those with something to say join the mass comments bandwagon?
Scholars and policymakers should recognize the democratic benefits of public comments.
Alternative agency outreach methods can garner useful feedback and reduce pressure on the notice and comment process.
Agencies can welcome public participation while discouraging the submission of mass comments.
Experts consider the value of mass comment campaigns during notice-and-comment rulemaking.
Courts should not rely on the number of public comments to assess the legality of regulations.
Despite its flaws and limitations, Stigler’s seminal article on the theory of economic regulation offers important lessons.