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Francis Fukuyama asks: “What is Good Government?”


July 1, 2013

Doug Hadden, VP Product

I attended a webinar from the Inter-American Development Bank last week. Francis Fukuyama described ideas on how governments reform over time. He suggested that there are many paths to reform – democracy is not necessarily a precursor to improving government effectiveness. He discussed the impact of middle class on pushing for reform with reference to Turkey, Brazil and the Arab Spring. I find his views of bureaucratic autonomy interesting. Fukuyama suggests that a high degree of autonomy reduces oversight – hence reduces accountability. Higher capacity public services are able to improve effectiveness through discretion. In these cases, discretion leads to improved decision-making rather than increased corruption.

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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