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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

There is no one answer because some agencies are more efficient than others. For example, Medicare is much more efficient in processing and paying medical claims than private insurance companies are ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

UK Civil Service staff numbers are as follows: As you can see, there were around 750k civil servants around when Thatcher took office and computers started to become mainstream. It has been falling ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

There are two separate effects caused by making it easier to process paperwork. The one that you identified is that it takes less work to process the paperwork that had been required previously. The ...
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Why should public servants be apolitical?

This topic is examined at quite some length in Ontario Law Reform Commission, Report on Political Activity, Public Comment and Disclosure by Crown Employees (1986) (cited by Mcmanus v Scott-Charlton ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

How is the system supposed to work? In their last year of high school, students are supposed to make a number of "wishes", wishes being for a particular course at a particular school. Based ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

Thirty-plus year state government employee here. Hired 1977, retired 2010. Was there from a time when "the computer" had it's own big room to the time when we had them on our desks. Much of our job ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

Arguably this somewhat depends on where you draw the line between a public sector employee and a civil servant. There may or may not be a difference between the two classes in your jurisdiction. In ...
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Why should public servants be apolitical?

The core concept here is procedural fairness—or rather, the appearance of procedural fairness. Procedural fairness involves whether impartial and open procedures are used when decisions affecting the ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

President Obama gave a speech at Carnegie Mellon in 2016 where he responded a bit to the idea that government should be run more like a Silicon Valley business, which often comes up when government ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

Just like anything else, most things humans do arise out of incentives. A private company employee has incentive to be efficient because if they are not, their manager has incentives to fire them, ...
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Politics involved in separation of prisons and jails?

In the United States you have Federal and State prison systems fall under Dual Sovereignty Doctrine which gives separate Jurisdiction of crimes to each state in which the crime was committed and the ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

Solow Productivity Paradox : "You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics" http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.492.5899&rep=rep1&type=pdf ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

Others have noted the issues with incentives and competition, but there is actually another reason, which is dis-economies of scale. Back in 1937 economist Ronald Coase asked the deceptively simple ...
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Why didn't the number of government employees go down by a significant margin after computers and the Internet were introduced?

tl;dr: because government agencies don't operate under those kinds of constraints Take a step back: why should new technology require fewer staff? If technology make staff more efficient, do you fire ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

There is an implication that the son's admission could have been due to the utilization of corrupt influence by the parent who has legal authority to some extent over the school, to get him favorable ...
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Politics involved in separation of prisons and jails?

I'm wondering about both the separation of federal prisons and state prisons, and the separation of the former prisons to county jails. Are there political factors that influence how that ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

There are many U.S. jurisdictions in which some public sector employees cannot unionize, and in the U.S. the right of most kinds of private sector employees who aren't part of management (although not ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

The precise explanation is that Stanislas had been encouraging their students to bypass the system for some time. This was against the rules of the ParcoursSup national system, in which students are ...
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Are there authorities that use complex simulation software when making decisions?

Yes, there are - but it isn't fantastically wide spread. My basis for this answer relies on my professional experience. I work for my state government (in the United States) as an auditor, and my ...
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Why has the State been considered as a problematic institution?

Cynical answer: The paragraph quoted seems like an ominous portent of the boredom to follow. They're just saying that over the centuries various authors have various differing definitions of "the ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

In North Carolina, while I believe public-sector unions are not technically illegal, it is illegal for them to either strike or collectively bargain with any branch of the state government or its ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

You're asking a political question, but the answer is simple economics. Put simply, what you are seeing is a feature of Monopolies, not Governments. Your stereotypical company with competitors has a ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

It seems to be not so much a case of corruption, but of collusion between the school and the students: Collusion is a deceitful agreement or secret cooperation between two or more parties to limit ...
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What are education requirements for government positions in Germany?

Is it possible to have any position in the executive branch without high school diploma? Are ministers required to have completed higher education degrees? No, a specific level of education is no ...
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How long would it take to pay off the U.S. national debt if new deficits were eliminated?

My question assumes—perhaps incorrectly?—that every dollar the Federal government owes must be paid back on some schedule. You assume incorrectly. By definition, if there is no deficit and no ...
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Why are public institutions perceived as being inefficient?

I've worked at both private and public institutions. Neither seem significantly more or less efficient than the other - there's tons of waste in private institutions but people don't seem to care ...
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Are there countries that ban public sector unions, but allow private sector ones?

Historically, this was in fact exactly the situation in France between 1884 (loi Waldeck-Rousseau, which made trade unions legal again) and 1946 (when it became legal for low-level civil servants to ...
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What does the White House chief of staff do?

The official title of the role is Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, which perhaps helps give some insight into the role. It is a political appointment, initially created by an executive ...
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Why was procedure so important under Stalin's regime?

All modern states engage bureaucratic apparatus. As Mandelstam was not nomenklatura but intelligentsia she is unlikely to be competent to speak to the necessity of specific bureaucracy to maintaining ...
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Why was procedure so important under Stalin's regime?

Stalin rose to power as a bureaucrat. If you look at history of Soviet politics, Lenin was the head of government. But, Stalin was a Comunist Party secretary - and even when he took power, his post ...
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