Unpredictable governmental policy

Other Names:
Government policy dilemmas
Political uncertainty
Inadequate government policy
Incoherent government policies
Unclear government policies
Unstable government policy
Frequently changing government policy
Arbitrary government decision-making
Unpredictable public administration
Expedient policy reversals
Government equivocation
Incoherent national programmes

The transition of eastern European countries to market economies since 1989 was jeopardized by a range of infrastructure, investment and employment problems. For these to be defused before they derailed the restructuring process and/or led to a social explosion, it was recommended that the coherence of both national programmes and of international assistance needed to be greatly increased. Without coherent national programmes, international assistance is unlikely to be very effective because it would not necessarily be aimed at breaking the key constraints and bottlenecks; and without adequate international assistance, coherent transition programmes could well founder.


High levels and rapid growth of human productivity are exacerbated by excessively frequent changes of direction in government policy, legal frameworks which fail to limit the scope for arbitrary decisions, and public administration which fails to take account of considerations of fairness and predictability.

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
12.12.2017 – 14:32 CET