America Isn’t A Company

Jan 10 2012 @ 7:13pm

Dan Drezner declares that business savvy doesn't predict presidential effectiveness:

The thing is – and this is kind of important – governments are not corporations.  I cannot stress this enough.  There's the obvious point that in democracies, legislatures tend to impose a more powerful constraint than shareholders, making it that much harder for leaders to execute the policies they think will be the most efficient. … There's been a lot of bragging in the 2012 primary about candidates that have "real world" business experience, and how that translates into an effective ability to govern.  That logic is horses**t.  Being president is a fundamentally different job than being a CEO — because countries are not corporations.