Policy in the Margins

Jim Wooten notes that projects funded in tough times should be “marginally useful”:

Times are tough. People are out of work. Don’t take their money and buy them toys, and don’t take it to spend on programs that are marginally useful.

So, do marginally useful policies succeed?  If not, why do we support iterative policy adjustments when they do not succeed?  Do marginally useful policies represent a border area between public success and public failure?

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