It seems I was on track with my earlier assessment of politics. The Guardian posted a short piece on saturday about trial-runs of political programs, with many links to the papers. All of them conducted in developing countries where money for these kinds of programs is sparse. Counter-intuitively, the best way to spend scarce money is to spend it on experiments to find out which approach actually works.
And over here, in the developing world, we spend billions upon billions on programs where not only we have no significant evidence that they work at all, we even hold on to them after it becomes obvious that they don’t – as in the case of Greece and its economic troubles, which have been worsened by the “rescue” program and our politicians actively fight alternative approaches that just might work better.