11. Rick Geddes, Policy Analysis and Management

Saving the Mail: How to Solve the Problems of the U.S. Postal Service (AEI Press, 2003). This is the first intensive analysis of the U.S. Postal Service since the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, just as it faces the scrutiny of a presidential commission on its long-term viability and President Bush’s intention to privatize 800,000 federal jobs. Geddes explores USPS structure and performance measures, discounts standard arguments about postal monopolies and duties, and cites both the organizational reform of similar industries and the experience of other governments that restructured postal service. He details a two-step reform process, including a public offering of shares featuring employee stock ownership with concurrent regulation reform, and then the introduction of competition. Technological developments in communications, Geddes contends, make postal reform inevitable. The USPS is unlikely to remain viable for long in its present form.

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