Goldsmith wants to unwind the improvements in checks and balances that were instituted in response to the political corruption during the Tammany Hall era. But clearly civil service reform did things like preventing people from hiring their buddies which were part of that corruption. To executives like . Goldsmith, rules may be slowing down the kinds of changes he wants for New York City government, but rules are often there for a practical reason – they are needed, because people are apt to have lapses in integrity or fall to temptatation.
And there is a bit opportunity for personal gains when we privatize government services. There remains the temptation to award government contracts to “well-connected friends or political allies who can do favors for you. All understandable, but probably not best practices in the long run.
People have found various ways around the checks and balances of rules and so they grow more complex in an arms race. But who wants to give into that which leads to corruption by power?
So we should seek a balanced way to manage the competition between corruption possibilities and complex rules. Less acceptance of such corruptions would require fewer rules.
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