Rulemaking

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According to Cornelius Kerwin, "Rulemaking is the single most important function performed by agencies of government…Rulemaking refines, and in some instances defines, the mission of every government agency. In so doing it provides direction and content from budgeting, program implementation, procurement, personnel management, dispute resolution, and other important government activities" (Preface XI). This is the foundation for the book, Rulemaking. The whole text primarily revolves around this statement. Throughout the book Kerwin's central theme is that rulemaking is the single most important function that any government agency has within its possession. Much like other admin law books he discusses how those agencies with their…show more content…
The true democracy that this chapter was written in does not exist on the American playing field today. This very rarely happens within agencies. The author is trying to get the point across that the public must participate, but he states it as if they actually do. Real world situations get more of the point across and lead the reader to understand in better context than the "VH1 vote or die" cheesiness that the author inflicts in chapter 5. Another con to the text that must be pointed out is the author's ongoing-ness to refer to later discussions rather than elaborating and explaining within the same chapter. This makes the reader have to search and or read all the way through the text (sometimes through many chapters) to get the "whole picture" that the author is trying to make. There are some instances where he leads you to reading other books. This leads the average reader to not being able to understand the best concepts discussed in this text. After reading the text, one can conclude that chapters 1,2,3, and 7 are the most vital to the reader. Chapter 1 is the top chapter because it sets the whole scene for the book. It examines the rules and reasoning for rulemaking. It gives a good history and summary of rulemaking and gives you the categories. Chapter 2 is essentially an extension of Chapter1.
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