Cheers to the ‘Unbottling’ Economy!

Cheers to the 'Unbottling' EconomyI recently sat down in a wine bar with a friend who was skeptical of my pet prediction: the coming breakup of government services into separate business lines that anyone could provide.  
But, thanks to invention of the cruvinet, every “bottle” can now be unbottled and sold in subunits, allowing us to sample nearly a dozen different high-end wines.  
What’s disrupting so many industries, including government is this “unbottling” economy:  As with industries from taxicabs to hotels to music to manufacturing, few traditional government services will not be similarly “unbottled.”  
Soon, everyone may be able to choose “flights” of governmental services – regulatory systems, welfare, currency – from whatever bottles they want, at affordable prices.

When Government Competes Against the Private Sector, Everybody Wins

The Atlantic When Government Competes Against the Private Sector, Everybody Wins

Many of the battles over how to improve government devolve into arguments over privatization.  In this Atlantic piece, I take on that question, with examples from areas such as charter school competition, the postal service, health insurance and social security.

I’ve been discussing competitive government in several places recently, including The Fiscal Times – and in the recent presentation I gave at the National Governor’s Association (NGA) meeting in Washington, DC.  At the NGA – and in this piece in Foreign Affairs – my subject was how governments increasingly must compete against each other across jurisdictional lines for willing “customers.”  For The Fiscal Times, I discussed “managed competition” – it turns out the government actually beats the private sector most of the time in such competitions.

For The Atlantic this week, I start from the same managed competition in Chicago and other cities, but look at what it might mean more generally.  The basic idea:  Governments that compete like businesses are better than traditional public or private sector models alone – and represent the future.

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How to Make Government Regulation Less Burdensome

How To Make Government Regulation Less Burdensome
Of all the false dichotomies that plague our political debate, perhaps the biggest is the insistence that we must choose between stringent regulation to protect the public on one hand, or economic growth, business profits and job creation on the other. This needn’t be the case, however. READ MORE HERE.