chapter  5
14 Pages

Decreasing the Causes of the Conflict

WithStuart S. Nagel

In many public policy problems, the super-optimum solution involves well-placed subsidies and tax breaks. Well-placed tax breaks are meaningless in a communist society. A kind of super-optimum solution may make a lot more sense for dealing with the Chinese population problem. It could provide small families and reproductive freedom simultaneously. In the 1970s, the People’s Republic of China was seeking to resolve public policy problems largely by consulting the ideological writings of Karl Marx, Mao Zedong and their interpreters. Thus ideology became offset by technocracy. Technocracy represented the antithesis in the 1980s, whereby population control might be analyzed by reading biological literature. The Manila commuting problem is a good example of how people in developed countries may have false stereotypes of policy problems in developing countries being simpler and less urbanized than policy problems in more developing countries. There may be no country in the world that has a worse commuter problem than the Philippines.