IRMO Occasional Papers\ Socio-economic developments in the Enlargement countries and the need for evidence based policy making, IMO…

Socio-economic developments in the Enlargement countries and the need for evidence based policy making, IMO Occasional Papers 2/2012

In this policy paper the author Dr. Will Bartlett, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK examines how the effects of the global economic crisis highlightened the need for better policy making in the enlargement countries especially in the Western Balkans, drawing on better understanding of the causes of economic and social problems and better appreciation of the range of policy options and their relative chances of success or failure. The author argues that there is a substantial knowledge gap which can only be filled by well-designed research studies based on research questions that are relevant to the needs of policy makers. In this context evidence-based policy making (EBPM) techniques have a valuable role to play in improving the policy process. This paper outlines both ex-ante and ex-post techniques of EBPM. It points out the specific nature of the policy process in transition countries and the difficulties of formulating rational policy during periods of rapid structural change in which the administrations have become politicised and state capture by big business interests is common. Furthermore, pervasive policy transfer, often of a coercive nature, is an additional constraint on rational policy making.

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