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The Post-Truth Era in Government Evaluation of Major Projects and Policies

Leo Dobes ()

Crawford School Research Papers from Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Abstract: Australian experience reveals an increasingly post-truth approach to economic evaluation, with governments ignoring or avoiding professional expertise when promoting their favoured projects and policies. Lack of formal guidelines for economic evaluation, such as those promulgated by Congress and successive American presidents, are a partial explanation. A concomitant hollowing-out of public service expertise in economic analysis has also occurred. More importantly, public sector agencies have even lost much of their capability to understand and assess evaluations carried out on their behalf by commercial consultants. An effective antidote to this deskilling would be the production and publication of analyses of major government policy and project proposals, as well as the development of a standardised analytical framework, reinforced with training for public servants.

Keywords: post-truth; cost-benefit analysis; evaluation; iconic; nation-building (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D61 H43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2017-02
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