Political Science, OIRA and the Presidency

“ Fortunately the Journal for Benefit-Cost Analysis held a forum where a unique group of leading authorities expressed their precedent setting comments on a recommended plan for moving forward on improving the management of the administrative state. The resultant comments establish the foundation for a deliberative discussion on the future managerial mandates for OIRA and the resultant management of the administrative state.”

The above quotation is from an article published on the website of the American Political Science Association titled Management of the Administrative State which was authored by the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness. OIRA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Policy in OMB, has become the fulcrum of the modern Presidency.

The aforementioned article encourages political and social scientists to become actively engaged in the management of the administrative state, a space heretofore dominated by the legal and economic professions.

We are mindful that the political science profession, as is the case with most disciplines, is confronted with the dilemma of “rigor vs. relevance” when preparing academic publications as forcefully explained in  How Political Science Became Irrelevant –The field turned its back on the Beltway:

          The problem, in a nutshell, is that scholars increasingly privilege rigor over relevance.

 Kudo’s  are due to the political science profession for making such a terse statement which not only has relevance to other professions, most certainly the legal and economic professions, but also to the substance of the documents to be chosen to guide the formulation of the principles to govern the management of the administrative state.

The SSRN Political Science Network states: “Political Science is concerned with how power is distributed and wielded at every level, from the household to globally, and everywhere in between.” What better foundation is there than political science for developing the principals to govern the management of the administrative state? That said, the focus of this endeavor is to elevate the political science profession to a leadership role in the management of the administrative state.

The staff of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness continues to publish research by leading academicians dealing with the management of the administrative state, a task it has performed for over a half-century.  Those wishing to participate in increasing the presence of the political science profession in the management of the administrative state may do so by contacting CRE at this link and/or by authoring journal articles on the said subject and so notifying CRE.

Jim Tozzi

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness


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