Regulation in the White House

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Regulation in the White House

The Johnson Presidency

By David M. Welborn

An examination of regulatory policy and its development in the Johnson administration.



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6 x 9 | 368 pp. | 9 tables

ISBN: 978-0-292-72257-6

Regulation in the White House is an examination of regulatory policy and its development in the Johnson administration and the first comprehensive study of any presidency and regulation. Based upon a thorough analysis of presidential papers in the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, the book investigates the working relationships linking the presidency, regulatory commissions, and executive agencies with regulatory responsibilities in both the economic and social spheres.

David Welborn finds that the president's business included regulation as a major component. Johnson's concerns in regulation were varied and complex. He and his aides worked assiduously and successfully to establish effective, cooperative relationships with regulators and to avoid the exercise of undue influence on particular regulatory determinations. In Welborn's view, Johnson traversed the treacherous ground of regulatory politics with adeptness and achieved his major purposes in regulation.

1. The President’s Business
2. The Fourth Branch
3. Attending to Commission Regulation
4. Executive Regulation
5. Tenuous Ties: The Case of Antitrust Enforcement
6. Further Explorations of Policy
7. Grappling with Regulation

David M. Welborn is a professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

"Professor Welborn's remarkably thorough, well-crafted study challenges much of our received wisdom about the president's role in regulation. . . . The book is essential reading for students of the presidency or regulatory politics."
—Paul J. Quirk, associate professor of political science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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