Thinking About Technocracy

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A Chief Government Performance Officer

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Eric Bergrud’s International Civil Engagement blog discusses a published interview with Don Kettl in which he calls for a Chief Performance Officer in the US Government.  It’s a good idea.   Here’s why:

It isn’t so important that someone focus on how things get done as Kettl claims, but that someone focuses on focusing.  A key aspect of technocracy is getting to a target, that is, acquiring a goal.  Turns out that organizations aren’t half bad at doing things once they know what they are doing.  The question is, what are we trying to do?  That’s where a chief performance officer could pay big dividends for government.

Hard to convince politicians of that though.  They believe they know all about what must be done.

I see politicians as more like corporate directors.  They guide and push management.  They don’t…do or even specify what might be done.  That’s an ideal of course.

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Written by ryanlanham

January 3, 2009 at 1:56 am

Posted in Who rules?

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