Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework

Reorganizing Government; A Functional and Dimensional Framework by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, New York University Press, 2019.

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-06

Posted: 19 Feb 2020 Last revised: 6 Apr 2020

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Alejandro E. Camacho

University of California, Irvine, School of Law, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR); Center for Progressive Reform

Robert L. Glicksman

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: February 18, 2020

Abstract

Reorganizing Government offers an original model for constructing and assessing government authority, and seeks to transform how policymakers and scholars understand relationships between government institutions. Regulation is frequently less successful than it could be in part because the allocation of authority to government institutions, and the relationships between them, are misunderstood. As a result, attempts to create new regulatory programs or mend under-performing ones are often poorly designed.
The book advances an analytical framework of governmental authority structured along three dimensions—the extent of centralization, overlap, and coordination. It demonstrates how differentiating among these dimensions better illuminates the policy tradeoffs of organizational alternatives, and reduces the risk of regulatory failure. The book also explains how differentiating allocations of authority based on governmental function can lead to more effective regulation and governance.
Reorganizing Government explains how policy makers and scholars have often neglected key aspects of inter-jurisdictional relations, using in-depth explorations of diverse case studies involving regulation of securities, banking, food safety, pollution control, resource conservation, and terrorism prevention. It then explores the practical value of this framework for future reorganization efforts through the lens of climate change, an emerging and vital global policy challenge. Finally, it proposes an “adaptive governance” infrastructure that could allow policy makers to embed the creation, evaluation, and adjustment of the organization of regulatory institutions into the democratic process itself.

Keywords: regulation,legislation,bureaucracy,administrative agency,institutional design,adaptive governance,federalism,public administration,centralization,decentralization,government coordination,government competition,food safety,environmental,securities,intelligence gathering,banking,climate change

Suggested Citation

Camacho, Alejandro E. and Glicksman, Robert L., Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework (February 18, 2020). Reorganizing Government; A Functional and Dimensional Framework by Alejandro Camacho and Robert Glicksman, New York University Press, 2019., UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3540427

Alejandro E. Camacho (Contact Author)

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Robert L. Glicksman

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