Measuring Government Performance and Happiness: The End of Public Opinion as We Know It?

J. BOUCHARD, É. CANDEL, H. CARDY and G. GOMEZ-MEJIA eds. (2015). La médiatisation de l’évaluation / Evaluation in the Media, Peter Lang.

Originally presented at the international conference Evaluation in the Media (Assemblée Nationale, Paris, March 15-16, 2012).

23 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2015

See all articles by Paolo Cavaliere

Paolo Cavaliere

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

In the latest years a number of initiatives of national or international scope are challenging the suitability of Gross Domestic Production measures as the main indicator of societal wellbeing and proposing to shift the focus of measurement systems away from economic production to people’s holistic wellbeing. Such a change would have a strong impact on the formation of public opinion, for it would shift the ground of the public political discourse, from highly technical (and obscure to most ordinary citizens) indicators like economic statistics to issues that people directly experience in their lives. This would have the potential to support the deliberative process by allowing a more widespread and conscious participation. As a result, the public sphere could be rethought as a multiplicity of assorted public micro-spheres where varied social groups, depending on their interests and needs, could gather and develop diverse and independent evaluations concerning government performance and policies in various areas of action. In the meanwhile, the advent of a similar change in the shape of the public debate could eventually raise challenges of disgregation of audiences and society, and indicate a need to retune some traditional features of the role and the functioning of mass media like objectivity, journalistic professionalism and detachment and the role of statistics as authoritative measurements.

Keywords: Happiness, government, digital media, public opinion, public sphere

Suggested Citation

Cavaliere, Paolo, Measuring Government Performance and Happiness: The End of Public Opinion as We Know It? (2015). J. BOUCHARD, É. CANDEL, H. CARDY and G. GOMEZ-MEJIA eds. (2015). La médiatisation de l’évaluation / Evaluation in the Media, Peter Lang. , Originally presented at the international conference Evaluation in the Media (Assemblée Nationale, Paris, March 15-16, 2012)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584664

Paolo Cavaliere (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
81
Abstract Views
681
Rank
570,764
PlumX Metrics