Independent regulatory commissions fifty years after humphrey's executor v. U.S.

John R. Hibbing

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The independent regulatory commissions, as a group, constitute one of the most unusual appendages of the federal government. Fifty years ago, these commissions faced a serious and direct challenge at the hands of a popular and aggressive chief executive. Today the commissions are faced with other, but somewhat analogous, challenges. This article describes current issues in agency-executive branch relationships, and suggests points of focus for assessing the advantages and disadvantages of the independent form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalCongress and the Presidency
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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