Good Law | Bad Law – Re-making Government: A Conversation w/ Robert Glicksman and Alejandro Camacho reviews
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Robert Glicksman, a Professor at the George Washington University Law School, and Alejandro Camacho, a Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, to discuss governmental policy, authority and the dimensions of government, as well as their co-authored book on these subjects, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework.
In today’s episode, Aaron, Rob, and Alex talk about how the government works… and moreover, how it doesn’t. What are the ways in which the government works well? And, what are the areas that need improvement? Today’s conversation focuses on how the government could work more effectively and more efficiently. Rob, Alex, and Aaron talk about the structures of government, the day to day tasks, the complexities that need to be considered when discussing reorganization, and more. Throughout, the three talk about regulations, the power of administrative agencies, policy making, the branches of government, as well as the ideas of centralization and decentralization. How should we allocate power to the various agencies in the government? What are the different components of authority? And what are the roles of these agencies?
Alex and Rob assert that regulation is frequently less successful than it could be, arguing that there are often misunderstandings due to the allocation of authority to regulatory institutions and the relationships between them. “Reorganizing Government” explains how past approaches have failed to appreciate the full diversity of alternative approaches to organizing governmental authority. In the book, Rob and Alex 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. In today’s conversation, Aaron asks Alex and Rob to discuss and expand on these ideas and more.
Robert Glicksman is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on environmental, natural resources and administrative law issues. A graduate of the Cornell Law School, his areas of expertise include environmental, natural resources, administrative, and property law. Before joining the GW law school faculty in 2009, Professor Glicksman taught at the University of Kansas School of Law where he was the Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law. Professor Glicksman has practiced with law firms in D.C. and New Jersey, focusing on environmental, energy, and administrative law. He has consulted on various environmental and natural resources law issues, including work for the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada. Professor Glicksman has been a member scholar for the Center for Progressive Reform since 2002 and a member of the Center’s Board of Directors since 2008.
Professor Camacho has a joint appointment at UC Irvine in both Law and Political Science. His scholarship explores the goals, structures, and processes of regulation, with a particular focus on natural resources and public lands law, pollution control law, and land use regulation. His writing considers the role of public participation and scientific expertise in regulation, the allocation of authority and relationships between regulatory institutions, and how 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. Professor Camacho’s legal scholarship includes articles published or forthcoming in the Yale Journal on Regulation, Washington University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Emory Law Journal, Colorado Law, Review, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and BYU Law Review.
To learn more about Professor Glicksman, please visit his bio page here.
To learn more about Professor Camacho, please visit his bio page here.
To check out the book, Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework, please visit the NYU Press website here.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guests: Robert Glicksman and Alejandro Camacho
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