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Published here April 2017

PART 3 | Editor's Note & Table of Contents | Chapter 7: Finding Levels 3 and 4
Chapter 8: Level 3 - Program Management | Level 3 Management | The Apollo Example
Chapter 9: Level 4 - Program Governance | Level 4 Governance | Performance
Chapter 10: Level 5 - Public Governance | Level 5 Governance | PART  5

Level 5 Governance

When the determinacy of an initiative extends into the public forum, the ability to move forward is contingent upon satisfying the will of the people. Success thus depends upon effective Public Governance and the forward-looking malleability of the intention to conform to an evolving public acceptance.

Level 5 is a Values-based archetype. This is for initiatives that bind diverse cultures to a common interest — as is swiftly taking place under The New World Order. There are no common Principles that bind the parties at Level  5, no preordained corporate mission, and vision or authority structure. The only common denominator for consensus is a hypothetical common set of human values. Orchestration of transformation is achieved through appeal to values that are innate to humans - the right to life, liberty, security, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness. Like Level 4, this is an open system concept but, here, the open system extends to a diverse societal interest.

In a free and open democracy power and influence on the total system is exercised by free voice. Democracy refers to: "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections" (ref. Merriam Webster). Constraints on that voice are established with constitutionally entrenched rights and processes. Constitutional Rights are "The basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it: a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization" (Ref. Merriam-Webster)

The plot thickens with cultural diversity and presumed rights or "inalienable Rights." For example, "Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status. Human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression; and social, cultural and economic rights including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, and the right to work and receive an education. Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties." (Ref. Amnesty International)

As imperfect a science as Political Science may be, it is a well establish discipline, with a diverse knowledge base extending back thousands of years, some concepts established by Plato and Socrates for example. Political Science is "the study of how people get or compete for power and how it is used in governing a country" (ref. Cambridge Dictionary). Political Science Elements include: Comparative Politics (empirical), International Relations, Political Philosophy, Public Administration and Public law.

The United States' Project for A New American Century (PNAC) Example

The PNAC was initiated in the late 1990's. PNAC was to provide for a transformation of US foreign policy to enhance prosperity on the main land. Elements of Public Governance, coupled with clandestine support and military force, were brought to bear in pursuit of US interests. President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle established the project wherein US values were to be exported throughout the world. 9/11 was the project's debut.

With public sentiment galvanized in pursuit of reaction to 9/11, the DoD firepower was used to implement the re-propagation of international affairs. Though the initiative clearly reaches into the social/public ionosphere, where might is right, the normal complexities of public backlash characteristic to Level 5 dynamic complexity do not operate. The implementation of PNAC thus follows a tactical or Level 2 approach.

The Canadian Gun Registry Example

Canada's bid to control and manage arms in the general population was referred to as the gun registry initiative, more formally, the Long Gun Registry Project or Canadian Firearms Registry. Billed as an IT project, the initiative in reality was establishing and determining the rights of the public in regard to bearing weaponry. Compare this, for example, to automation of driver's license plate renewals. A minor challenge in the instance of Gun Registry was the need to create a database to manage the information.

The major challenge was the interplay between the system and the public on what the system would do with the information and what repercussions were wrought. This latter challenge is one for the elected officials, not for IT experts on data base development. The functional baseline was dynamically evolving throughout the implementation due to the interactions between data base artists and a non-aligned public voice. The project itself became a "political football" and, in a subsequent election the football was kicked offside.


Public Policy transformations take time. As the purpose remains trained on respecting the democratic rights and entitlements, drastic changes tend to become viable in response to an imminent threat — such as National Security interest or war.

Next month In Chapters 11 and 12, Mark Seely will discuss the Implementation of the Dynamic Baseline Model (DBM) and present his final Conclusion. We will also include Appendix A: A DBM Complexity Diagnostic

Chapter 10: Level 5 - Public Governance  Chapter 10: Level 5 - Public Governance

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