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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