Decentralization and the Search for Policy Solutions

Posted: 7 Jun 2001

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Ken Kollman

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science

John H. Miller

Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Scott E. Page

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Physics

Abstract

We use mathematical and computational models to analyze the ability of federated organizations to solve difficult problems. Federated organizations may have some inherent advantages for solving difficult problems since they can empower multiple subunits to search for policy solutions in parallel and exploit and combine the mutual information discovered by the subunits to reveal even better solutions. We find that the benefits of these methods of experimentation first increase and then decrease as the problem of finding good policies increases in difficulty.

Suggested Citation

Kollman, Kenneth W. and Miller, John H. and Page, Scott E., Decentralization and the Search for Policy Solutions. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=202352

Kenneth W. Kollman

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
313-936-0062 (Phone)
Not Available (Fax)

John H. Miller

Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Social and Decision Sciences ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States
412-268-3229 (Phone)
412-268-6938 (Fax)

Scott E. Page (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Physics ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

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