Originally Posted by phiwum
There are a number of things you can do to reduce the pathologies of entrenched bureaucracies. One is to devolve more power to local governments. Another is to decentralize the federal government itself. Moving USDA offices to Kansas City is an example of this. We don't need every function of the federal government to be run directly from DC. You can also put up barriers to the movement of bureaucrats between regulatory positions and private positions in companies that they used to regulate. Lastly, you can shrink the total role of government in society. The smaller government is, the less any pathologies it has matter. All of these moves will be resisted by the bureaucracy, though.