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Subject: Re: [soa-rm-ra] Definition of Governance

I believe that this is an excellent direction for us to pursue....


On Sep 10, 2007, at 1:18 PM, Ellinger, Robert wrote:

> Some thoughts that I have been working for a book on a new type of  
> economics, entitled Organizational Economics: The Formation of Wealth.
> Obviously the US Constitution defines the functional structure of  
> governance in the three branches of government, but more  
> importantly for our discussion it defines the goal of governance.   
> The preamble to the US Constitution has an excellent definition of  
> the reason of governance and is the constitution structure reflects  
> a good governance architecture.
> "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more  
> perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,  
> provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and  
> secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do  
> ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of  
> America."
> The blue-lighted/bolded clauses make up a good definition of the  
> goals of governance, i.e., what it is supposed to do.  Governance  
> "establishes justice, (a level playing field and/or rules of  
> competitive non-lethal engagement) which ensures a good Saturday  
> night for the weak (that is, domestic tranquility because there is  
> a level playing field and rules of engagement that are supposed to  
> apply to everyone equally, [except for Congress {if con is the  
> opposite of pro, what is the opposite of progress?}]); and promote  
> the general welfare in two ways (by setting measurement standards  
> (see Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, which states "…to regulate  
> Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and  
> with the Indian Tribes." and in other clauses To coin money,  
> regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the  
> standard of weights and measures; To provide for the punishment of  
> counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United  
> States; To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by  
> securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive  
> right to their respective writings and discoveries) and by ensuring  
> a communications infrastructure of that era (To establish post  
> offices and post roads).
> I suspect that governance in all organizations have the same  
> goals.  The reason for differences is cultural more than  
> functional.  These are not individual or organizational goals only,  
> but also the implicit goals of all economic ecosystems and the  
> reasons for alliances and standards organizations (e.g., its hard  
> to trade without standard weights and measures and without an  
> impartial market--which explains the reason for markets worrying  
> about insider trading).

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