How to govern well



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8 Responses

  1. Avatar gregiank says:

    I think is very correct to point out there is, based on this evidence, there is more then one way to have a nice country. There are great differences among all these mostly nifty places to live. I’m fine with the modesty you suggest mostly because i think hiding behind ideology is a way of avoiding making choices. To many people say we absolutely can’t do X since it doesn’t fit their ideology even when there are examples of how it can work. The country we have is far more about the choices we make. But i would add being modest about ideology would suggest we aim for a more pragmatic, evidence based view. And not doing or doing or doing so in a modest way are all political choices. There are no neutral options.Report

  2. Avatar M. Farmer says:

    Plus, we have no way of knowing if all these countries are functioning way below potential — so, perhaps, instead of finding which country to emulate, or insisting that countries emulate us, we need to innovate. I happen to have some good ideas that have been only partially tried.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I think my comment about the Canadian banking culture should have gone here instead of up on E.D.’s response post. See: up there.Report