Title Reorganizing Government
Subtitle A Functional and Dimensional Framework
Author Alejandro E. Camacho, Robert L. Glicksman
ISBN 9781479829675
List price GBP 36.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 356
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher New York University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“The case studies are illuminating, and the analytical narrative flows rather seamlessly from the theoretical chapters at the beginning of the book to the conclusions at the end. The book presents a rare and useful focus on the structure of agencies with an eye toward how structure can affect agency performance.”

Thomas McGarity, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law, The University of Texas at Austin


“The research is extraordinary. The case studies are deeply researched and documented. This is an innovative approach to the subject, one that should be of substantial interest to scholars and policymakers.”
Sidney Shapiro, Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law, Wake Forest University


A pioneering model for constructing and assessing government authority and achieving policy goals more effectively

Regulation is frequently less successful than it could be, largely because the allocation of authority to regulatory 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. Reorganizing Government explains how past approaches have failed to appreciate the full diversity of alternative approaches to organizing governmental authority. The authors illustrate the often neglected dimensional and functional aspects of inter-jurisdictional relations through in-depth explorations of several diverse case studies involving securities and banking regulation, food safety, pollution control, resource conservation, and terrorism prevention.

This volume advances an analytical framework of governmental authority structured along three dimensions—centralization, overlap, and coordination. Camacho and Glicksman demonstrate 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.

The authors illustrate the practical value of this framework for future reorganization efforts through the lens of climate change, an emerging and vital global policy challenge, and propose 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.


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Part I: An Analytical Framework

Chapter 1. Substantive and Functional Jurisdiction

Chapter 2. The Dimensions of Allocations of Authority


Part II: The Importance of Functional Jurisdiction

Chapter 3. Decentralization and the Functions of Food Regulation

Chapter 4. The Functions of Overlapping Pollution Control Federalism

Chapter 5. NEPA, the ESA, and the Tradeoffs of Interagency Coordination


Part III: Distinguishing Dimensions

Chapter 6. Differentiating Centralization and Overlap in Swap Regulation

Chapter 7. Differentiating Centralization and Coordination in National Intelligence after 9/11

Chapter 8. Differentiating Coordination and Overlap in Banking Regulation


Part IV: An Integrated and Comparative Capstone

Chapter 9. Varying Climate Change Governance







About the Authors

About the Authors:

Alejandro E. Camacho is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He has contributed dozens of articles to leading legal and scientific journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Yale Journal on Regulation, and Harvard Journal on Legislation.

Robert L. Glicksman is J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at The George Washington University Law School. He is the author of several books on administrative law, environmental law, and natural resources law, and of many articles on these topics which have been published in leading legal journals.

Target Audience:

This book is an innovative approach to the subject, one that should be of substantial interest to scholars and policymakers. Also, useful for people interested in government, administrative agencies, regulatory institutions, law and political science.


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