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A full understanding of how the federal enforcement bureaucracy will elude us without a rich understanding of what makes prosecutors (or agents) tick. However, I suspect that the best way to reach that goal is not to start with this ultimate question. After all, to look closer to home, what do professors “maximize” when they grade papers? Progress is much more likely to be made if we follow Jim Eisenstein and focus on, first, identifying the most salient features of the bureaucratic environment, and, second, getting a handle on their relative influences.


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