Beyond Administrative Tunnel Vision: Widening the Lens of Costs and Benefits
16 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2019
Date Written: 2017
Choices in one sector or department of public policy, such as health, frequently produce costs and benefits in other sectors, such as education or the environment. In this article, I argue that administrators should not make decisions in ways that ignore effects on other policy sectors, and arguably – though more debatably – should not give special priority to the interests of their own sector.
In Part I, I review contexts where administrators are directed to ignore or give a lower priority to effects on other policy sectors. In Part II, I lay out an argument that agencies should not ignore these effects (using an example from health policy), and consider potential responses to that argument. In Part III, I consider some strategies to remedy the problem of agencies giving insufficient weight to wide-scope costs and benefits.
Keywords: intersectoral, administrative, costs, benefits, cost-benefit, scope
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