Administrative Burden

Administrative Burden

Policymaking by Other Means

Pamela Herd, Donald P. Moynihan

Burdens matter to basic values of governance, such as transparency and rationality. Because the creation, nature, and effects of burdens are often opaque, they undermine transparency. Because debates about burdens usually fail to fully consider value trade-offs, they result in outcomes that are not just less than rational but also sometimes irrational. Put together, such basic failings undermine people’s trust in government.

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