Progressives, put these two on your watch list for seats at the table
The Obama administration’s new economics advisory board would seem like a very good place to give progressive economists a voice. There are a number of excellent people whom Obama might not want to put in line positions but would be very much worth bringing in to offer well-informed alternative views. At the risk of insulting those I forgot to mention, I would think immediately of James Galbraith, Larry Mishel, Dean Baker, Jared Bernstein.
Let’s see whether progressives do in fact get a seat at this particular table.
I want to flag one specific agency called the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a Reagan-era internal executive agency that analyzes all potential regulations for cost/benefit analysis. This paper on what Obama can do with climate change (h/t Scott Paul at the Washington Note) notes.
For several decades, OIRA has been perhaps the most powerful agency in the Executive Branch standing in the way of needed environmental regulation. In the last eight years, the White House, working through OIRA, delayed, relaxed, or rejected many regulatory proposals. ....
..[E]very regulation goes through OIRA. Clinton actually strengthened OIRA, but if there's one agency that could use transparency or even outright elimination, it's this one.
So, be Shrill! It works.