Italian Technocrat Runs Into Pesky “Consent of the Governed” Trouble

By: Friday December 16, 2011 7:35 am

Italy’s new technocratic government won a confidence vote today in the lower house, a prelude to passage of an austerity program coveted by EU leaders. However, those same leaders are dismayed that the austerity package largely consists of tax increases rather than the “labor market reform” they favored. In addition to austerity measures, heavily indebted [...]

Peter Orszag’s Bid to Get Politicians Out of Policy

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 12:22 pm

Peter Orszag caused a bit of a stir with his call for an enlightened technocracy, and, literally, “less democracy.” I think what you actually need out of government is “more democracy,” if you equate democracy with majority rule and the ability for an elected government to get the agenda on which they ran into law. [...]