Sample Paper on the Iron Triangles and the Privatization of Government Operations

Iron triangles are a form of symbiotic relationships. They are closed, self-protective, and mutually supportive relationships between the government agencies, the special interest groups, and the Congress or the legislative committee with control over government policies in a particular functional area. The members of these triangles work in unison and dominate all the policy making process in their specialized area of concern to suit the agenda they deem fit. The iron triangles are in no way good for the Americans. They are powerful political circles who kill policies aimed at disadvantaging them before they can even see the light of the day. Instead, their operations are directed towards agendas that serve their interests only and not those of general public. The iron triangles have created legislation that overspends on programs. Due to their continued support from the Congress the agencies receive any amount they ask for their projects. The budgets are inflated since the monies received must be enough to spend on agency programs and to support the congress’s pet programs and ideologies.

  1. Prisons are booming, and the cost of running and maintaining these prisons is not stagnant either. Prison privatization is a benefit to both the government and the citizens. The government will be able to cut costs previously related to collections expenses and use these funds on more pressing issues of the society such as creating more jobs for the unemployed. However, there will be a reduction of essential services provided within the prisons as the private operators will aim at profit maximization and cost minimization. An example of privatization I have experienced through a relative is the privatization of operations in the New York sports stadiums. Under this privatization, the private sector firms take over the managerial and operational duties from New York City Department of Parks during sports and concerts.