At Psychology Today Blogs, Professors James Bailey and D. Christopher Keys explore why the idea of “running the government like a business” so regularly fails, often spectacularly. They cite three reasons; here’s one:
Second, unlike running a business, a model of leadership based on meeting the interests of a small list of stakeholders, policy leadership involves building a coalition of often competing interests while serving the needs of a large number of constituents.
We are watching today what happens when a President decides to appeal to just one group of stakeholders, the Red Hats, and it’s not pretty.
The overriding factor that unites the reasons the authors cite is one often ignored by those who would “run the government like a business” and is quite simple. Government is not a business.