Why Neither Party Focuses on the Key Economic Issue: Enterprise Capabilities

Robert D. Atkinson July 11, 2020
July 11, 2020

Partisanship in Washington is worse than any time in the last century, but when it comes to economic policy, both parties share a common view: policy needn’t be concerned about enterprise capabilities. Conservatives focus on abstract “markets,” while progressives focus on government dictates. Neither gives more than a passing thought to ensuring that policies support organizations – for-profit, non-profit, and governmental – to be more innovative, competitive, and productive.

Fortunately, Rob Atkinson writes in American Compass, there are signs that policy makers on both sides of the aisle are rejecting these views. While proposed competitiveness plans and legislation are promising, the shift to an enterprise-focused U.S. economic policy will be a long and hard intellectual slog.