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The Political Control of Bureaucracies under Asymmetric Information

Banks, Jeffrey S. and Weingast, Barry R. (1992) The Political Control of Bureaucracies under Asymmetric Information. American Journal of Political Science, 36 (2). pp. 509-524. ISSN 0092-5853. doi:10.2307/2111488.

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We analyze a model of interest group influence where this influence arises from a group's ability to provide relevant information to political actors about regulatory performance. The model rests on three premises: (I) bureaucrats possess an informational advantage, vis-à-vis their political overseers, concerning policy relevant variables; (2) this informational advantage is potentially exploitable by the agency; and (3) politicians anticipate this exploitation and adapt to it in their design of agencies. We show that a major consequence of this anticipation and adaptation is service to organized interest groups.

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Additional Information:© 1992 Midwest Political Science Association. Manuscript received 18 May 1989. Final manuscript submitted 8 August 1991. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the National Science Foundation under grants SES 87-00468 and SES 86-17516, respectively. We also thank Paul Rubin and Jon Bendor for detailed and valuable comments on an earlier draft.
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Official Citation:Banks, Jeffrey S., and Weingast Barry R. "The Political Control of Bureaucracies under Asymmetric Information." American Journal of Political Science 36.2 (1992): 509-524.
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