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     Susan Webb Yackee

Title: Professor
Joint Appt: LaFollette School of Public Affairs
Office: 402 North Hall
Office Hours: https://kb.wisc.edu/polisci/page.php?id=28163
Phone: 608.265.6017
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: syackee@lafollette.wisc.edu
Keywords: Bureaucratic Politics, Policy Making, Political Institutions, Regulation

Susan Webb Yackee is a professor of public affairs and political science and is the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Her research and teaching interests include the U.S. public policymaking process, public management, regulation, administrative law, and interest group politics.  Yackee has published articles in a number of journals, including the Journal of Politics, Public Administration Reivew, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

In 2013, the University awarded Yackee the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding faculty members for their research contributions.  Additionally, she recently received a $500,000 Innovations in Regulatory Sciences Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  She will use this grant to study regulatory policymaking at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  

Yackee and La Follette School Professor Don Moynihan were the co-leaders of the 2013 Public Management Research Conference in Madison, WI.  The conference attracted 370 scholars from more than 20 countries.  

In the past, Dr. Yackee was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has also served as a Smith Richardson Domestic Policy Fellow, a UW-Madison Vilas Associate Professor, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  Her research has received four separate “Emerging Scholar Awards” from the top professional associations in her field.  Before beginning her academic training, Yackee worked as a legislative research assistant in the U.S. Senate.

View an interview with Susan Webb Yackee about her research on rulemaking


Recent Publications

Susan Yackee, “The Politics of Ex Parte Lobbying:  Pre-Proposal Agenda Building and Blocking During Agency Rulemaking.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 22 (2012): 373-393   
Susan Yackee, David Nelson, “Lobbying Coalitions and Government Policy Change: An Analysis of Federal Agency Rulemaking.” Journal of Politics 74, 2 (2012): 339-353   
Susan Yackee, and Jason Webb Yackee. "Is Agency Rulemaking 'Ossified'?  Testing Congressional, Presidential, and Judicial Procedural Constraints." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20 (2010): 261-82   
Susan Yackee, and Christine Kelleher Palus. "Learning from Experience? Second-Order Policy Devolution and Government Responsiveness."  Journal of Local Self-Government 8 (2010): 65-92.   
Susan Yackee, “Private Conflict and Policy Passage:  Interest Group Conflict and State Medical Malpractice Reform.” Policy Studies Journal 37 (2009): 213-31.   
Susan Yackee, Jason Webb Yackee. 2009. "Divided Government and U.S. Federal Rulemaking." Regulation and Governance 3: 128-44.   
Susan Yackee, Christine Kelleher Palus. 2009. "A Political Consequence of Contracting:  Organized Interests and State Agency Decision-Making." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 19: 579-602.   
Susan Yackee, Jason Webb Yackee: “Is the Bush Bureaucracy Any Different?  A Macro-Empirical Examination of Notice and Comment Rulemaking under '43,'" in President George W. Bush's Influence Over Bureaucracy and Policy: Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers, eds. Colin Provost and Paul Teske. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 41-59.   
Susan Yackee, Keith Naughton, Celeste Schmid, and Xueyong Zhan: “Understanding Commenter Influence During Agency Rule Development.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 28 (2009): 258-77.