What Would It Mean for Governments to Compete Like Businesses?

By Eric Schnurer

May 24, 2013

My starting premise is that we can and should approach government as a business -- in particular, one in need of a new "business plan" for how to confront a changing competitive environment, with changing demand for its services, and a cost structure out of line with its revenue base. Many will take issue with the premise that government is, or can fruitfully be thought of, as at all like business. So, let's take a little time to discuss this assertion.

The shibboleth persists in politics that government can and should be run "like a business." In fact, an entire presidential candidacy was premised on this notion just last year. But that facile view is not what I mean by "the government business." It's pretty clear that governments do not actually operate like businesses for a vast number of reasons:

So it's not my contention that governments operate "like businesses" or even that they would be better served to do so.

Read more at The Atlantic.

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By Eric Schnurer

May 24, 2013

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