13/8/2014

Reforming Leviathan: Mandarin lessons

From The economist

The reform of the public sector is a huge project, but people are at the centre of it. Government is a service industry, and there is a basic talent problem. A few civil services—Singapore’s is the obvious example—compete with the private sector for the best graduates. But elsewhere even elite departments, such as the US Treasury and Britain’s Foreign Office, struggle (or lose high-flyers quickly). The mandarins and their political masters need to change tack.

This is a important piece of work. I have worked in the government and work with a lot of civil servants. I have a loud respect for their work and there are some systemic challenges that need to be solved and innovation & entrepreneurship is key.


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