Being effective requires governments take risks

In a recent Globe and Mail article, Donald Savoie suggested that when too much attention is given to preventing mistakes, governments become less effective.

He points out that, unlike the private sector, governments can’t walk away from problems that are difficult or expensive to solve. He also suggests that the number of oversight bodies put in place to reduce the risk of politically costly mistakes has made governments less effective. As the number of oversight bodies has grown, both public satisfaction with public services and morale in the federal public service have dropped.