Recommendations for Change
One does well to approach the reform of complex organizations with considerable humility. Such organizations are, after all, institutions, venerable products of a delicate and often irrational process of historical evolution, social adaptation, and political necessity. And in the case of Congress and its committees, of course, the institution must function in a context in which the very goals and values implicit in any evaluation or recommendation for change are themselves the subject of intense disagreement and conflict.
Nevertheless, to say that institutions such as the Judiciary committees have evolved into distinct and unique forms is not to say that they cannot be improved, at least marginally, by the infusion of "rational" considerations. Similarly, to say that there is wide disagreement over the particular policies that these committees should pursue is not to say that there are no criteria by which they may be fairly evaluated and appropriate changes tentatively NOTE: This chapter was prepared by Peter H. Schuck, Michael E. Ward, and Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar.