Jan 8, 2019

The Problem with ‘Expert’ Regulation

James Broughel Senior Research Fellow

President Trump’s attempts to change the way we regulate in America are about to get more difficult with a divided Congress. Even so, there remains much he can do from his perch atop the executive branch of U.S. government. Enormous power has been delegated to expert regulators who answer to the president, and their power has the potential to do good or ill, depending on how it is used.

Federal agencies have been granted this lawmaking power by our elected representatives. And while this concerns many who worry about democratic accountability, the logic is that regulators possess proficiency and detailed knowledge that lawmakers lack...

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