The Political Control of U.S. Federal Agencies and Bureaucratic Political Behavior

This project develops and presents three substantively new hypotheses concerning congressional strategies of delegation, the policy outputs of agencies, and bureaucrats’ motivations for serving as federal employees. To test these theories, the project presents a method for using federal employee campaign contributions to estimate the political ideology of U.S. federal government agencies across time.


Jowei Chen, Center for Political Studies (PI)

American National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Period
September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2017