Personalized Government: A Governmental System Based on Behavior Analysis

Los Horcones

Abstract


Evolution of the Personalized System of Government (PSG) is described. PSG was preceded by experimental comparisons of other governmental systems including a planner-manager government modeled after Walden Two (Skinner, 1948) and direct democracy. When evaluated in terms of the percentage of members participating in governmental decisions, PSG was shown to be superior. Important characteristics of PSG include (a) any member serving as a manager, (b) coordinators teaching others their organizational skills, (c) all members participating decisively in governmental decision-making, (d) encouragement of face-to-face control, (e) public discussion of all important governmental matters, (f) decision-making by consensus, (g) emphasis on long-range problem solving, and (h) a behaviorally engineered government. Some apparent advantages of PSG are that it encourages all members to participate in governing, it increases productivity while improving interpersonal relations, and it promotes the values upon which Los Horcones is based- equality, cooperation, nonviolence, economic self-sufficiency, and ecological balance.


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