I need a name for this bureaucratic phenomena
December 3, 2013 6:39 PM Subscribe
Here's the background: I'm working on a project that will make it easier to issue state and federal permits for certain traditional indigenous land uses here in Hawai`i. There are already 17 federal and state permits, for example, that cultural practitioners need to secure in order to restore a native fishpond. We intend to streamline this. We have a lot of both community and political support, and a lot of people want to help out to make it successful.
posted by kanewai to Law & Government (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
And there's the problem: Many government workers' idea of 'helping' is to suggest more regulations and recommended practices. The bird people have ideas to protect birds, the coral people to protect coral, the historic people to preserve the ruins, the clean water people to protect the water, and so on.
These are good people with good intentions, but 100 good intentions taken all together can complicate rather than simplify a program. Even the seventeen regulations we're already dealing with now are each, individually, perfectly valid regulations. It's just the sum total that make life difficult for practitioners.
Is there a name for this phenomena? Because if it has been named and studied, then it will be easier for us to address it.
I'm open to non-English sources.