Best Practices Have No Borders: Competitive Contracts in China

- April 23, 2015 11:40 AM | Categories: Governance

Want proof that for the Western model of competition in government contracting has truly taken hold globally? There is perhaps no better example than the fact that today, the Chinese military is today using the same playbook as the defense agencies in the U.S., Europe and the democracies of Asia. No, they did not “steal” state secrets or hack a highly secured government network—this time. Rather, they are following the lead of countries around the world and injecting competition into their military procurement. Move over Mao, and enter Adam Smith! As a child of the Cold War, we typically didn’t […]

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Infrastructure Improvements Held Up by Red Tape, Pt. 2

- April 21, 2015 9:23 AM | Categories: Governance, Policy, Regulation

Editor’s note: This article was written by our colleague Jeff Yoders for our sister site, MetalMiner, following up on a previous article we ran here. The US ranks 41st in the world in terms of the ease of gaining federal permits to proceed with construction or infrastructure projects, according to the 2014  World Development Indicators‘ Ease of Doing Business Index. Philip K. Howard of Common Good, recently discussed with us how permitting, not funding, is the biggest obstacle to renewing and replacing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

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