Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts by Kevin R. Kosar

A Call for Greater Regulatory Harmonization With Canada

A Call for Greater Regulatory Harmonization With Canada

President Donald Trump’s principal policy accomplishments thus far have been in the area of regulatory reform. The adoption of regulatory budgeting, use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal Obama-era regulations and a considerable slowdown in new rulemaking over the first 150 days are all positive steps. But, of course, there is more work to […]

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

In 1897, a year when mail was still largely delivered by horse and wagon, construction began on an innovative scheme beneath the streets of Philadelphia. Using an intricate network of compressors and metal pipes, the new system could shoot a capsule holding a few hundred letters across a city in several minutes, far faster than […]

Voters Hold Officials Accountable for Deficits in Many Countries. Just Not Here.

Voters Hold Officials Accountable for Deficits in Many Countries. Just Not Here.

Wouldn’t it be nice if voters punished politicians who increase budget deficits? Well, according to one research paper, they do. Adi Brender (Bank of Israel) and Allan Drazen (University of Maryland) crunched data from 23 nations on budgets and the electoral fortunes of chief executives. Their unambiguous finding was that “increased deficits during an incumbent’s […]

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

The Congressional Research Service plays an essential role in policymaking and oversight. It makes Congress smarter about issues and teaches new legislators how to legislate. I would not have spent 11 years working at CRS if I did not think very highly of the institution. But there is one topic on which the widely esteemed […]

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

Mark Twain famously remarked, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Although famously crotchety, he did touch upon a basic truth: our elected officials are amateurs. They arrive in Washington, DC with only an inkling of how government works. How could it be otherwise? Few […]

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?

So many academic journals are just that—academic. But not Public Administration Review (PAR), which has long valued the perspective of those who toil in the fields of government. Such has been the case since the PAR’s inception in 1940, when a former Civil Service Commission employee, Leonard White, became PAR’s first editor, and chose the […]

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