Efficiency, Legitimacy, and the Administrative State

This essay examines certain epistemic problems facing administrative states’ efforts to draft efficient regulations for their societies. Sam DeCanio argues that the absence of observable policy counterfactuals frustrates efforts to assess the efficiency of administrative states’ decisions, as it is impossible to determine whether different policies would have generated greater benefits at lower cost than the policy the state implemented.

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Efficiency, Legitimacy, and the Administrative State

This essay examines certain epistemic problems facing administrative states’ efforts to draft efficient regulations for their societies. Sam DeCanio argues that the absence of observable policy counterfactuals frustrates efforts to assess the efficiency of administrative states’ decisions, as it is impossible to determine whether different policies would have generated greater benefits at lower cost than the policy the state implemented.

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Efficiency, Legitimacy, and the Administrative State

This essay examines certain epistemic problems facing administrative states’ efforts to draft efficient regulations for their societies. Sam DeCanio argues that the absence of observable policy counterfactuals frustrates efforts to assess the efficiency of administrative states’ decisions, as it is impossible to determine whether different policies would have generated greater benefits at lower cost than the policy the state implemented.

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This article is the first to draw together systematically Ostrom’s reflections about ontological issues and to identify what Ostrom saw as their implications for the appropriate methods for analysing and explaining the possibility of self-governance. In doing so, the paper also contributes to the growing literature on ontology and the history of economic thought.

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