Should state/provincial and national governments switch to council-manager?

Asked by: juminrhee
  • Good enough for cities, why not national or provincial/state?

    Many local governments in both the US and Canada utilize the council-manager system. In this system, the city council and sometimes the mayor are elected. The council then selects a professional manager, and not a politician, to actually handle administration. This system could actually remove politics from the executive and strip them of extra powers that are now considered executive privilege now. Further, the professional manager can be fired by the council. This is similar to a parliamentary system except that the majority party could remove an incompetent manager without threatening his place in the party. Other cabinet ministers/secretaries could be the senior member of the organization - and hence not have education ministers that have never even seen a school outside of their own education. Looking forward to the debate.

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