From Macroeconomic Correction to Public Sector Reform: The Critical Role of Evaluation, Parts 63-214

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World Bank Publications, Jan 1, 1993 - Business & Economics - 43 pages
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This paper explains why tough public sector reform and a sound macroeconomy are essential to sustained growth. It provides a strategy to help countries evaluate how well their governments' policies work. Decisionmakers will learn ways to build an evaluations program that can make governments more accountable and improve their performance. Some options could include making central banks independent, eliminating earmarked funds, and balancing the national budget. The author suggests which government offices should oversee and develop evaluation policies to get the best results, and explains why evaluation results must be linked with all budget decisions. He describes the political and economic environment that allows the evaluation process to develop freely. Also discussed is the role that the World Bank and other insti- tutions should play in supporting evaluation programs. The study examines how sound evaluation can lead to more consistent international policies and better international governance.
 

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Page 1 - Economists should cease proffering policy advice as if they were employed by a benevolent despot, and they should look to the structure within which political decisions are made.
Page 34 - Why should reasonable men adopt public policies that have harmful consequences for the societies they govern?
Page 26 - Science asserts that politics and economics have been divorced from each other and isolated in the analysis and theory, if not in the reality, of international relations.
Page 4 - Evaluation is an evolving work of art, a process in which accumulating experience is steadily allowing the boundaries of analysis to be pushed forward and the policy conclusions to become increasingly substantial '. (Does Aid Work?
Page 3 - evaluation is a type of policy research, designed to help people make wise choices about future programming
Page 16 - The nature and source of financing is the principal determinant of efficiency.
Page 4 - In brief, there is no one correct definition of evaluation. experts would disagree with the notion that "evaluation is an evolving work of art, a process in which accumulating experience in steadily allowing the boundaries of analysis to be pushed forward and the policy conclusions to become increasingly substantial
Page 9 - One of the main reasons why it is so difficult to carry out public sector reform is because it is seldom dictated by the market.
Page 22 - The national development of evaluation depends on a number of factors and constellations
Page 26 - Spero (1984) puts it: In the twentieth century the study of international political economy has been neglected. Politics and economics have been divorced from each other and isolated in analysis and theory—Consequently, international political economy has been fragmented into international politics and international economics.

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