Good Government, Bad Government
Published on: July 26, 2013
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  • With regard implementation, and specifically in our modern and supposedly democratic world in which all wagons are heading in the same direction, do we really need to look further than the words of Lao Tzu: “The Government that governs best, governs least.”

  • This guy Rothstein, is he really the competition in the field of governance? Is the evidence on impartiality watertight?

    • Yes, the evidence on impartiality is absolutely, one-hundred procent, fully and completely, rock hard watertight 🙂

      • Good! That means that my theory (which I distributed to every major publisher and the world’s top refereed sociology journals in 2003-2006) is correct. What a relief.

  • Anthony

    As governance consists of the traditions and institutions by which authority is excercised, thence good/bad government is function of historical organizational patterns. Further, as an indicator following line of essay, government effectiveness turns on implementation. That is, effective government (subsuming valence issue) begins with effective implementation. Now, Francis Fukuyama, is implementation public administration or something other? There has to be a procedural execution process. Additionally, from governance point of view does not implementation lay in purview of procedural and/or bureaucratic domains and rise or fall with capacity, incentive, organization, etc.? So, getting implemenation correct may reinforce idea good government.

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  • Stefan Stackhouse

    The problem for those of us here in the US is that our constitution was deliberately designed by people who distrusted government to be a relatively inefficient institution. If you started from scratch to design an efficient government, it would not at all look like what we have now. Without totally scrapping what we have now and starting over with a fresh design – AKA “a revolution” – we are left with tinkering around the edges and trying for relatively marginal improvements that will make little real difference and thus matter very little.

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