Collaboration between the public and private sectors has long served as the model for addressing major challenges faced by the U.S. But in today's political and economic environment, is it a thing of the past?
Ideology is being replaced by standards. Never-ending arguments about privatization, who should own the electricity company, have given way to public discussions about performance, who can avoid more black-outs.
We have developed an American myth about the magical efficiency of market forces and have deified entrepreneurs. We have developed a disdain for government as an obstacle to progress. Neither is entirely true or false.
I started teaching and writing on public management during the Reagan years, and the profound and intensifying attack on government has been escalating for each of the past three decades. This should frighten all Americans.