The rhetoric of "clueless or corrupt" is good at shifting us into taking some responsibility at least for our judgement. On the ground it looks more like a poisonous mixture. People in powerful positions make more or less venal judgements and get results nearer or further from those they intended. They cannot discuss either their intentions or the quality of the outcomes with those affected because of concerns of publicness.
The POSIWID principle in some sense overarches the duplicity and incompetence to say that despite everything the steering of the system is a collective and not necessarily conscious way will result in visible direction that helps understand collective and individual motives. It is perhaps the very anonymity of a thousand obscure decisions that allows this to happen.