Economic Themes (2015) 53 (4) 1, 449-466


Fred Thompson, Polly Rizova

Abstract: Private enterprises should be concerned with maximizing productivity. Government should be concerned with minimizing risk, perhaps subject to a cost or productivity constraint. Value creation in government ought to strive for consistency, coherency, and transparency. Achieving consistency and coherence in the face of systemic and idiosyncratic risk calls the elaboration of general risk assessment model, which takes account of the various kinds of risk confronted by the diversity of government institutions. Lacking such a model, the best we can hope for is the design and execution of policies and practices that assure reasonably satisfactory outcomes no matter what the future throws at us.

Keywords:  Process; Mechanism; Government spending and taxing; Risk; Systemic risk; Public management

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