Wasteful conflict

2013-12-27

in Politics, Psychology, Rants, Writing

Commenting on federal-provincial conflict, Richard Simeon provides a quote from Anthony Downs that I suspect applies at least as much to academics as to politicians:

A second effect of territorial sensitivity is that bureaus consume a great deal of time and energy in territorial struggles that create no socially useful products.

Simeon, Richard. Federal-Provincial Diplomacy. 1971.

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anon December 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm

This is a point in favour of private business. If you are being profitable, you know you are producing goods or services that are of real value to somebody.

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