Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation and has served as the law school’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business-government relations in policy making.
A co-chair of the American Bar Association’s administrative law section committee on e-government and past co-chair of its committee on rulemaking, he has led a National Science Foundation initiative on e-rulemaking, served on the ABA’s task force on improvingRegulations.Gov, and chaired a task force on transparency and public participation in the regulatory process that offered a blueprint to the Obama Administration on open government. He has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, Environment Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Ph. D. (political science) - University of Michigan - ’94
- J.D. - University of Michigan - ’91
- M.P.P. (public policy) - University of Michigan - ’91
- A.B. - The College of Idaho - ’85
Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation
Penn Program on Regulation
University of Pennsylvania Law School
He has published widely on a variety of regulatory issues, including the uses of information technology in the regulatory process. His most recent books include Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation, Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy, and Regulation and Regulatory Processes.
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Capitol Hill Testimony
Professor Coglianese testified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights, and Agency Action on November 7, 2013 in the hearing entitled “Justice Denied: Rules Delayed on Auto Safety and Mental Health.” (PDF) He was invited to testify on trends in rulemaking by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although it is generally believed that judicial review has caused the NHTSA to abandon rulemaking and shift instead to issuing individual recalls on defective automobiles, Professor Coglianese testified that these claims are unfounded. He urged lawmakers to consider other explanations before making any policy decisions.
On September 8, 2016, Professor Coglianese testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The hearing titled, “Reviewing Independent Agency Rulemaking” looked at “how independent regulatory agencies could improve their regulatory processes through quality analysis of the rules they propose, compliance with applicable statutory requirements, retrospective review efforts, and potential improvements that could be implemented to improve the overall independent agency regulatory process.” A PDF of Professor Coglianese’s testimony is available here.
Todd Rubin, Cary Coglianese (2018). Learning What Works in Regulation, Faculty Scholarship, 1976.
Cary Coglianese (2016). Optimizing Government for an Optimizing Economy, New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Cary Coglianese, Jennifer Nash (2015). Using Public Law to Shape Private Organizations, The Wiley Handbook of Law and Society (168-192)
Cary Coglianese (2015). Administrative Law: The U.S. and Beyond, International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier.
Cary Coglianese, Christopher Carrigan (2015). Stigler’s ‘The Theory of Economic Regulation’, Oxford Handbook of the Classics of Public Policy.
Cary Coglianese, Jennifer Nash (2014). Performance Track’s Postmortem: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of EPA’s ‘Flagship’ Volun-tary Program, Harvard Environmental Law Review, 38, 1-86.
Cary Coglianese, Adam M. Finkel and Christopher Carrigan (2013). Does Regulation Kill Jobs?, University of Pennsylvania Press.
Cary Coglianese, Christopher Carrigan (2013). The Jobs and Regulation Debate, Does Regulation Kill Jobs?, (1-30), University of Pennsylvania Press.
Cary Coglianese (2013). Thinking Ahead, Looking Back: Assessing the Value of Regulatory Impact Analysis and Procedures for its Use, KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation, (3), 5-27.
Cary Coglianese (2012). Enhancing Public Access to Online Rulemaking Information, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, 2, 1-66.
Cary Coglianese, Lori S. Bennear (2012). Flexible Approaches to Environmental Regulation, The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy.
Cary Coglianese, Chris Carrigan (2012). Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity, Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation (1-20).
Cary Coglianese (2012). Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation, University of Pennsylvania Press.
Cary Coglianese, Jonathan Borck (2011). Beyond Compliance: Explaining Business Participation in Voluntary Environmental Programs, Explaining Compliance: Business Responses to Regulation.
Cary Coglianese, Ryan Anderson (2011). Business and Environmental Law, The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Environment .
Cary Coglianese (2011). The Law and Economics of Risk Regulation, Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.
Cary Coglianese (2011). The Politics of Regulation: From New Institutionalism to New Governance, Annual Review of Political Science, 107-129.
Cary Coglianese (2010). Environmental Regulation, The Oxford Handbook on Empirical Legal Studies, Oxford University Press.
Cary Coglianese, Evan Mendelson (2010). Meta-Regulation and Self-Regulation, The Oxford Handbook of Regulation. 146-168.
Cary Coglianese, David Zaring, Adam Finkel (2010). Import Safety: Consumer Protection in a Global Marketplace, Administrative & Regulatory Law News, 35(3).
Cary Coglianese (2010). Management-Based Regulation: Implications for Public Policy, Risk and Regulatory Policy: Improving the Governance of Risk, OECD Publishing.
Cary Coglianese (2010). Presidential Control of Administrative Agencies: A Debate over Law or Politics?, Journal of Constitutional Law 12:637-649 (2010)
Cary Coglianese (2010). Engaging Business in the Regulation of Nanotechnology, Governing Uncertainty: Environmental Regulation in the Age of Nanotechnology: Confronting Conditions of Uncertainty, Resources for the Future Press.
The White House recently released a report highlighting the administration’s accomplishments in open government and transparency. Among these accomplishments were recommendations developed by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) based on research conducted by Penn Law professor Cary Coglianese. An interview with Professor Coglianese about the report is available on the Penn Law website.