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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


DOES REGULATION KILL JOBS? (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press) (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

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).

Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity, in REGULATORY BREAKDOWN: THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN U.S. REGULATION (Cary Coglianese ed., Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) (with Chris Carrigan).

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).

Process Choice, 5 REG. & GOVERNANCE 250 (2011) (reviewing ANDREW MORRISS ET AL., REGULATION BY LITIGATION (2008)).

Business and Environmental Law, in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF BUSINESS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT (Tima Bansal & Andrew J. Hoffman, eds., 2012) (with Ryan Anderson).

The Law and Economics of Risk Regulation, in WILEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCE (James J. Cochran, ed. 2011).

Engaging Business in the Regulation of Nanotechnology, in GOVERNING UNCERTAINTY: ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION IN THE SHADOW OF NANOTECHNOLOGY (Christopher Bosso, ed., Johns Hopkins Univ./Resources for the Future Press, 2010).

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

The Transparency President? The Obama Adminsitration and Open Government, 22 GOVERNANCE 529 (2009).

Voluntary Environmental Programs: Assessing Their Effectiveness, 34 ANN. REV. ENV'T & RESOURCES 305 (2009) (with Jonathan C. Borck).

Transparency and Public Participation in the Federal Rulemaking Process: Recommendations for the New Administration, 77 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 924 (2009) (with Heather Kilmartin & Evan Mendelson).

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).

The Managerial Turn in Environmental Policy, 17 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 54 (2008).

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).

Can Regulation and Governance Make a Difference?, 1 REGULATION & GOVERNANCE 1 (2007) (with John Braithwaite and David Levi-Faur).

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

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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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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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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