The crew or the captain dilemma

Former Director General of the Social Security Corporation, Hazim Rahahleh
Former Director General of the Social Security Corporation, Hazim Rahahleh. (File photo: Jordan News)
The setting of this article is not peculiar to any single period or era, but rather a pattern we've grown to expect from consecutive governments. This tendency holds true at the institutions’ levels as well. What I hope to provide here is not just my personal opinion or impression, but an endeavor to provide a broad perspective on the political and administrative structure that regulates the use of cabinet reshuffles, or, in some cases, their overuse.اضافة اعلان

Validity of cabinet reshuffles
The crux of the issue is the makeup of governments when they are formed, as well as the methods for selecting ministers and other related factors. We must recognize that this will not be an easy process. Choosing persons capable of taking the reins and making a difference is a matter of judgment, with both success and failure, possible. As a result, it is natural for leaders to make changes to their administrations in order to improve cohesion and capability in implementing national agendas across political, economic, and social aspects.

As a result, cabinet reshuffles are permitted as long as the initial choice is naturally tied to a matter of judgment. It could be associated with the chosen personality's efficacy and ability in a context other than the governmental one and in areas unrelated to the formulation and implementation of public policies. When the decision is made largely for personal and vested interests, with previous knowledge that the chosen individual is unfit for duty, the choice becomes a serious concern.

How to judge cabinet reshuffles
If we agree on the formal validity of cabinet reshuffles, let us, even briefly, sketch forth a criterion for judging them. We must all adhere to defined standards in order to determine the benefits of these reshuffles from a national standpoint.

The most important question focuses around two axes. To begin, have the ministries that experienced top-level reshuffles improved their performance; and are they better positioned to serve national objectives and goals? Has the government implemented what was stated in the royal appointment decrees and worked with the spirit of teamwork to achieve the designated objectives?

If the answer to both questions is yes, it gives us optimism and even encourages us to always demand reshuffles, as long as they serve national objectives. If any of the responses are negative, the issue is twofold. The first issue is incapacity to choose, which is related to the first answer, and the second may be more related to leadership incapability.

Dealing with the first issue may be easier because it needs the establishment of clear selection criteria (the crew's issue). The latter, on the other hand, may be more difficult because it needs major efforts to support and consistently push the person in charge (the captain) to offer his best.

Hazim Rahahleh a Ph.D. economist from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, served as the former Director General of the Social Security Corporation. He has an extensive bibliography, co-authoring "The State and Market Economy" with Taher Kanaan. His career is characterized by bridging economic theory and effective policy implementation, leaving a lasting impact in both fields.

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