Reform in Lieu of Change: Tastes Great, Less Filling


Jonathan GS Koppell is an associate professor of politics and management at the Yale School of Management. He has written on the dynamics of quasi-government and is currently writing a book about the organization and administration of transnational governance organizations.


In this response to Light, Koppell argues that the increasing frequency of reform may reflect Congress's inability to make significant changes to the substance of entrenched government programs. Moreover, he observes that the more profound evolution in government has been the movement toward market-based provision of services, which has created demand for new competencies in the public sector.