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Law-Engaged Graduate Student [LEGS] Seminar: Litigation as Policy Influence

May 3, 2017 12:00PM to 01:20PM
438 Robertson Hall


Restricted to Princeton graduate students, faculty, and fellows
Julian Dean, Ph.D candidate, American Politics

LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

Abstract:  "A number of scholars have examined the ability of interest groups to influence policymaking in the executive branch, but the strategic and policy implications of interest groups’ role as gatekeepers for judicial review of has not been studied. I present an original theory in which interest groups have private information about proposed regulations and use notice-and-comment to credibly signal their likelihood of prevailing in costly litigation against an agency. In equilibrium, an agency incorporates interest group preferences into its final rule when its chances of winning in court are low, but takes its chances otherwise. I find support for the theory with empirical evidence from 11 years of SEC rulemaking."




Contact Leslie Gerwin, lgerwin@princeton.edu