Against the Profit Motive – A Book by Professor Nicholas R. Parrillo ’04
“Today,” says Parrillo, “you often hear politicians say that government should be ‘run like a business.’ But American government has, in fact, been run like a business for much of its history. The government’s present insulation from the profit motive is the result of a long and active process of experimentation with profit-seeking. Legislators in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries rejected profit-seeking in favor of salaries on the basis of hard firsthand experience. What I aim to do in this book is recover that experience.”Watch a video of Parrillo discussing the book.