"A Better Way?": Assessing Proposed Reforms For The Administrative State

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Hoover Institution, Washington DC
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The Hoover Institution hosted "A Better Way?":  Assessing Proposed Reforms for the Administrative State" on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. The event video is below.

Critics of recent trends worry that the administrative state has grown in size and power enormously in recent decades, and see Congress as ceding too much of its authority. Administrative agencies have also reduced their reliance on formal rule-making in favor of discretionary “guidance.” The combined growth of agencies’ power and the reduction of accountability has led critics to call for major reforms in the administrative state to make it more consistent with the intent of the U.S. Constitution, and more constrained by “rule of law.”

Speaker Paul Ryan recently unveiled his comprehensive program – “A Better Way” – to address these and other problems through a series of reforms. The Hoover Institution’s Regulation and the Rule of Law Initiative has assembled a group of experts to consider Speaker Ryan’s reforms. Does “A Better Way” identify the right problems in need of reform? Does it propose the right solutions to those problems? 

The first panel addressed these questions from the perspective of a broad focus on the structure of government, the rise of the Administrative State, and its tensions with the framework of government envisioned by America’s founders. The second panel considered specific proposed regulatory reforms in three important industries: health care, telecommunications, and finance.  

THURSDAY, october 20
Time Content speaker Discussant

8:30-8:50 AM

Breakfast

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8:50 AM

Welcoming Remarks by Charles Calomiris

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9:00 AM

Constitutional Law

Christopher DeMuth, Hudson Institute
Michael Greve, George Mason University
Ilan Wurman, Winston and Strawn LLP

Allan Meltzer, Hoover Institution

10:30-10:45 AM

Break

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10:45 AM

Deregulation and Regulation in the Areas of Finance, Telecommunications, and Health Care

Joseph Antos, American Enterprise Institute
Charles Calomiris, Hoover Institution
Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson Institute

Allan Meltzer, Hoover Institution

12:15-12:45 PM

Lunch

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