You can do one, you can do each. Sure: Managers are cast and paid for managing. It's not about specialist knowledge, it's about understanding structures, thinking about, initiating and carrying out transformations. The big picture. Does this work in business? Answer à la Radio Yerevan: At Volkswagen, we are always proud when we can tell the story that the new CEO is a “homegrown” and has a “stylish smell”.
The ministers are the managers of their departments. Expertise is not undesirable, but not absolutely necessary either. There were and are controversial ministers with top expertise. Greetings to Mr. Lauterbach. There were top ministers without technical expertise. In memory of Peter Struck.
And then there is Robert Habeck. Friendly, hardworking. But an economics minister must know what a few weeks' loss of earnings means for small companies: bankruptcy. Time to rethink: leave the experts on their posts.
The author is extremely knowledgeable about music. Sadly, so does Claudia Roth.
A surgeon must have studied medicine, a bricklayer needs a journeyman's examination, and a lawyer needs a law degree. The law does not require any proof of their suitability from politicians alone.
One can lament when an economics minister confuses the difference between bankruptcy and a break. Or when a lawyer overwhelms herself with the Bundeswehr. Not even a federal chancellor needs to be familiar with financial transactions - cum-ex and hop is enough.
There are good reasons why ministers don't have a master's degree or a master's degree. Democracy rests on the fiction that any citizen can hold any elected office. We don't have a Charles III who spent 73 years training for government. With us, the achievement of politicians is not the exercise of power, but the retention of power. The talented Angela Merkel called it the “rodeo principle”: stay up! Anyone who manages to do this is sufficiently qualified for the office. Official experts do the rest.
The author is very familiar with the Middle Ages, the democratic present unfortunately only from the Internet.