Historical perspective and better regulatory governance: An agenda for institutional reform


Journal Article

Compared to economics, sociology, political science, and law, the discipline of history has had a limited role in the wide-ranging efforts to reconsider strategies of regulatory governance, especially inside regulatory institutions. This article explores how more sustained historical perspective might improve regulatory decisionmaking. We first survey how a set of American regulatory agencies currently rely on historical research and analysis, whether for the purposes of public relations or as a means of supporting policymaking. We then consider how regulatory agencies might draw on history more self-consciously, more strategically, and to greater effect. Three areas stand out in this regard - the use of history to improve understanding of institutional culture; reliance on historical analysis to test the empirical plausibility of conceptual models that make assumptions about the likelihood of potential economic outcomes; and integration of historical research methods into program and policy evaluation. © 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Balleisen, EJ; Brake, EK

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 245

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1748-5991

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1748-5983

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/rego.12000

Citation Source

  • Scopus