The Evaluation Environment
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Normative influences from the environment of an evaluation on the process of information gathering cannot — as shown in the previous chapter — be avoided completely. It goes without saying that this also applies to the entire evaluation process. A number of effects that result from this have already been covered at various junctures. The social discourse can, as has been shown, either promote or impede the conducting of evaluations and has a considerable influence on their chances of fulfilling their purpose. In dictatorships, for example, the conditions are lacking that make it possible to govern society rationally at all: without a certain critical faculty on the part of society, deficiencies cannot be relentlessly exposed, and proposals on how to remedy them cannot be discussed with regard to their effectiveness.
KeywordsCivil Society Knowledge Management Political System Modern Society Public Sphere
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