Intellectual Life Book Talk | Alejandro Camacho, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Law Building (LAW), 3750
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000

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. Reorganizing Government explains how past approaches have failed to appreciate the full diversity of alternative approaches to organizing governmental authority. Camacho and Glicksman demonstrate how differentiating authority based on governmental function and among three dimensions—centralization, overlap, and coordination—can lead to more effective regulation and governance. The authors illustrate these often neglected aspects of inter-jurisdictional relations through in-depth explorations of several diverse case studies, including securities and banking regulation, food safety, pollution control, resource conservation, and terrorism prevention. (NYU Press, 2019)

Alejandro Camacho is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources at the UCI School of Law. His writing explores the role of public participation and scientific expertise in regulation, the allocation of regulatory authority, and how both the design and goals of legal institutions must and can be reshaped to more effectively account for emerging technologies and the dynamic character of natural and human systems.

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Centers, Intellectual Life
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