When did it make sense to put change management in the hands of people in charge of a bureaucracy?

“Democrats tend to be more interested in legislating than in managing,” he wrote:

They come to office filled with irrational exuberance, pass giant fur balls of legislation–stuff that often sounds fabulous, in principle–and expect a stultified bureaucracy, bereft of the incentives and punishments of the private sector, to manage it all with the efficiency of a bounty hunter. This has always been the strongest conservative argument against government activism. Traditionally, Republicans were more concerned with good management than Democrats–until the Reagan era, when the “government is the problem” mantra took hold. If you don’t believe in government, you don’t bother much with governing efficiently

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