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Catawba College Political Science Professor Co-Authors Study

September 24, 2004

Category: Faculty, History & Politics


J. Michael Bitzer, assistant professor of political science at Catawba College, and Kiki Caruson, assistant professor of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida, Tampa, have co-authored a recently published study.

“At the Crossroads of Policymaking: Executive Politics, Administrative Action, and Judicial Deference by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals (1985-1996)” appears in the October 2004 edition of “Law and Policy.”   It examines the behavior of federal judges towards federal administrative agencies and attempts to explain how judges decide cases involving bureaucratic agencies.  

By examining these decisions, Bitzer and Caruson found that judges do act politically, but that judges also take into account the specialized nature and information that bureaucrats have in public policy areas.

Bitzer, an expert in Southern politics, and campaign and election voting behavior, joined the Catawba College faculty in 2002.