F. E. Rourke
Jun 1, 1979
American Political Science Review
cision making. Better in their eyes to have a strong chair than a bureaucratized agency. In addition to demonstrating that regulatory agencies are not as pluralistic as is sometimes believed, Welborn also shows that they are far from being as independent as their statutory position might suggest. By and large the chairs of these regulatory organizations have been willing to coordinate agency decisions with White House policies, and the strength of chairpersons has thus served to facilitate presidential influence over the decisions of supposedly independent regulatory commissions. The book is not without flaws. It is not always well written. And it can be argued that the generally favorable view the book presents of commission performance reflects the fact that it is largely based on interviews with commission members, past and present. But overall it is an impressive piece of work, greatly enriching our understanding of the internal life of regulatory bodies.