Nov 12

Shaping the New Theory of Government

I've finished reposting all the relevant GovLoop postings that give the outlines of the new theory. Now, begins the hard part of shaping the thoughts into a coherent theory.  I believe the first place to start is the fitness landscape of government.

If we start with the premise that government agencies should be effective and efficient, we have the x-axis and y-axis for the landscape. The z-axis is composed of the Constitutional and legal constraints on the activities of the agencies. Thus, when designing an agency, we can create business plans that are composed of physical technologies and social technologies. We place the different business plans on the fitness landscape and then see how high the plans climb on the landscape (that is, how well each plan optimizes efficiency, effectiveness, and following legal constraints).

The next step, is to find how dynamic the fitness landscape is and how well the business plans adapt to the changing landscape. The next series of postings will explore this argument in detail so that we can derive some design principles for government agencies.

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