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Cary Coglianese

Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation

Cary Coglianese

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. Continue reading…


  • Administrative Law
  • Government Regulation
  • Environmental Law


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DOES REGULATION KILL JOBS? (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2013) (ed. with Adam Finkel & Chris Carrigan).
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IMPORT SAFETY: REGULATORY GOVERNANCE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) (with Adam Finkel & David Zaring).
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Articles and Book Chapters

The Emptiness of Decisional Limits: Reconceiving Presidential Control of the Administrative State, 69 ADMIN. L. REV. 43 (2017).

Regulating by Robot: Administrative Decision Making in the Machine-Learning Era, 105 GEO. L.J. 1147 (2017) (with David Lehr).

The Limits of Performance-Based Regulation, 50 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 525 (2017).

The Law of the Test: Performance-Based Regulation and Diesel Emissions Control, 34 YALE J. ON REG. 33 (2017) (with Jennifer Nash).

Separation of Powers Legitimacy: An Empirical Inquiry into Norms about Executive Power, 164 U. PA. L. REV. 1869 (2016) (with Kirstin Firth).

The Bounds of Executive Discretion in the Regulatory State, 164 U. PA. L. REV. 1587 (2016) (with Christopher S. Yoo).

Motivating Without Mandates? The Role of Voluntary Programs in Environmental Governance, in DECISION MAKING IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Lee Paddock, Robert Glicksman, & Nicholas S. Bryner eds., Elgar 2016) (with Jennifer Nash).

Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory State: Theory and Evidence, 68 ADMIN. L. REV. 865 (2016) (with Daniel E. Walters).

Optimizing Government for an Optimizing Economy, in NEW ENTREPRENEURIAL GROWTH AGENDA (Dane Stangler ed., Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 2016).

Performance Track’s Postmortem: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of EPA’s “Flagship” Voluntary Program, 38 HARV. ENVTL. L. REV. 1 (2014) (with Jennifer Nash).

Enhancing Public Access to Online Rulemaking Information, 2 MICH. J. ENVTL. & ADMIN. L. 1 (2012).

Flexible Approaches to Environmental Regulation, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (Michael Kraft & Sheldon Kamieniecki, eds., 2012) (with Lori S. Bennear)

The Politics of Regulation: From New Institutionalism to New Governance, 14 ANN. REV. POL. SCI. 107 (2011) (with Christopher Carrigan).

Beyond Compliance: Explaining Business Participation in Voluntary Environmental Programs, in EXPLAINING COMPLIANCE: BUSINESS RESPONSES TO REGULATION (Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen and Christine Parker, eds.) (with Jonathan Borck) (2011).

Presidential Control of Administrative Agencies: A Debate over Law or Politics?, 12 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 637 (2010).

Government Clubs: Theory and Evidence from Voluntary Environmental Programs, in Matthew Potoski & Aseem Prakash, eds., VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS: A CLUB THEORY APPROACH (MIT Press, 2009) (with Jennifer Nash).

Environmental Leadership Programs: Toward an Empirical Assessment of their Performance, 35 ECOLOGY L.Q. 771 (2008) (with Jonathan Borck & Jennifer Nash).

Evaluating the Social Effects of Environmental Leadership Programs, 38 ENVT'L L. REP. 10697 (2008) (with Jonathan Borck & Jennifer Nash).

The Rhetoric and Reality of Regulatory Reform, 25 YALE J. ON REG. 85 (2008).

Management-Based Regulation: Prescribing Private Management to Achieve Public Goals, 37 LAW & SOC'Y REV. 691 (2003) (with David Lazer).

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Working Papers

Improving Regulatory Analysis at Independent Agencies (September 14, 2017), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 17-38; AM. U. L. REV., forthcoming. (forthcoming)
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Risk and Regulatory Calibration: WTO Compliance Review of the U.S. Dolphin-Safe Tuna Labeling Regime (November 2016) U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-31 (with André Sapir). (forthcoming)
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Is Government Really Broken? (November 15, 2016), J.L. & PUB. AFF., forthcoming; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-42. (forthcoming)
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Federal Agency Use of Electronic Media in the Rulemaking Process, U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 11-32. (forthcoming)
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First Generation E-Rulemaking: An Assessment of Regulatory Agency Websites, Public Law Research Paper No. 07-15, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and University of Pennsylvania Law School Date posted to database: April 15, 2007 (with Stuart Shapiro).
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Research Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Conflict and Disputing
  • Government
  • Regulation
  • Regulatory Policymaking


Penn School of Arts & Sciences – Professor of Political Science (2006- )

Penn Program on Regulation – Director (2006- )

Penn Law – Deputy Dean (2009-10); Associate Dean (2008-09); Edward B. Shils Professor of Law (2006- )

Harvard – Senior Research Fellow (2006-07); Associate Professor of Public Policy (1998-2006); Assistant Professor of Public Policy (1994-98)

Visiting Professor – Vanderbilt, Penn Law, Stanford

Wharton School Risk Management & Decision Processes Center – Research Fellow (2006- )

Professional Activities

Co-Chair, Rulemaking Committee, American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2010-

Member, Editorial Board, Regulation & Governance, 2009-

Council Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2007-2010

Council Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2007-2010

Member, American Bar Association Committee on the Status & Future of Federal E-Rule-making, 2007 -2008

Testimony – Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Service, 2006

Member, Publications Committee, Law & Society Association, 2006-

Editorial Board – International Journal of Electronic Governance, 2005 -

Editor, Regulation & Governance (international, peer-reviewed journal), 2005-2008


  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Policy Analysis

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