Government failure in Iraq

The Free Liberal
by Fred E. Foldvary

09/11/07

Public finance and economics textbooks tell us that markets fail to provide adequate public goods such as security, which is why governments provide it. Yet if we look at Iraq in 2007, its government has failed to secure the country, and even the mighty US army has not stopped the slaughter. Instead of being protected by the corrupt state police, Iraqis look to militias for defense against crime and terror. There is in Iraq massive government failure. American politicians blame the current government chiefs and the members of parliament for not reconciling their differences and for the lack of progress in providing security and utilities. But we have to look beneath the current personae to the structure of governance that the American presence created. If the current structure is the best that political science has come up with, then the field of political science has to admit to intellectual failure...

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