The crew or the captain dilemma…

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

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

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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