Fixing U.S. Politics

Why do such a large amount of thinking the form of government isn’t working? As inefficient, invasive, and simply corrupted, and another sees it as a vehicle for solving people’s problems. Yet the ideological divide might not be a verity source of the breakdown. a glance at U.S. history shows it isn’t new. Moreover, sharp ideological battles have often proved highly productive in policy terms, delivering the simplest ideas from each side. within the 1840s, as an example, state politicians who were deeply skeptical of the state pushed hard for budget amendments while politicians at the opposite end of the spectrum demanded free public schools for all. In the end, many countries adopted both policies—-a combination that proved enormously powerful. the matter today is that too many have come to look at politics as war, where victory is paramount and “compromise” may be a dirty word. Business leaders must play an oversized role during this effort because the implications for the economy are so great.

Amid the unprecedented partisanship and gridlock in Washington, DC, Congress appears locked in an exceedingly permanent battle, incapable of delivering results.

Unhealthy Competition
To examine how the present system works, we applied the Five Forces framework originally developed to clarify industry structure and its effects on competition in for-profit industries.

The politics industry is driven by the identical five forces that shape competition in any industry: the character and intensity of rivalry, the facility of buyers, the facility of suppliers, the threat of recent entrants, and also the pressure from substitutes that compete in new ways. The dynamic relationships among these forces determine the character of industry competition, the worth created by the industry, and who has the ability to capture that value.

Healthy competition in an industry could be a win-win. Rivals compete fiercely to raise serve customer needs. Suppliers compete to supply better inputs that allow rivals to enhance their products and services. Customers have the facility to penalize rivals for poor products and services by taking their business elsewhere. In healthy industries, the rivals had best as long as customers are satisfied.

We don’t have this kind of healthy competition within the politics industry—quite the other. The competition takes place on two key levels: competition to win elections and competition to pass (or block) legislation.


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