Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Professor Susan Yackee has received a two-year Vilas Associate Award that she will use to examine whether interest groups indirectly influence government regulations by lobbying the president's Office of Management and Budget.
From drug recalls to the amount of arsenic allowed in foods, the rules issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have a widespread effect on health and the economy. How public participation helps shape those rules will be better understood, thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded to political scientist Susan Webb Yackee.

La Follette School Professor Susan Webb Yackee and Christine Palus of Villanova University have won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for Best Article in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) published during 2016.

La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee recently coauthored an article about the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in certifying the Boeing 737 Max, which was carrying 157 people March 10 when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed and killed all aboard.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren highlighted research by La Follette School Director Susan Yackee and UW-Madison doctoral student Simon Haeder in a recent essay on RegBlog, an online source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion based at the University of Pennsylvania’s law school. The essay provided several examples of corporate influence on government rule-making, also known as regulatory capture, including their study of the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

An estate gift from Michael and JoAnn Youngman will create the La Follette School’s first endowed chair. Michael Youngman received his master’s degree in public policy and administration in 1982 from UW–Madison’s Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, the La Follette School’s predecessor.

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