US, Debating Internal Governance of Agencies


In a seminal piece Jennifer Nou has focused on the internal organization of agencies which is undertheorized by scholars who tend to pay more attention to administrative law imposed upon agencies. Nou hypothesized that agency heads restructure their agencies with the primary objective of reducing information-processing costs. In a response to Nou’s article on the Harvard Law Review Forum, Daniel Carpenter argues that there are other dominant motives for agency reorganization – namely, cosmetic changes that seek to placate agency observers, and changes that serve purely ideological goals.

Read the full response here.

(Fabrizio Di Mascio)