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Old 09-11-2019, 03:23 PM
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This shows an ignorance of how the Government works. Politicians only know how to get elected. They leave the actual policy creation to the experts. These experts generally work in academia, non-profits, and occasionally government.
The reason the Washington consensus is powerful is because neo-liberalism is the consensus of elite economists. This is because neo-liberalism obviously works much better than any other alternative.
In foreign policy, the experts are more likely to work in government but they still have not come up with a better alternative.

Actual government workers are 90% people who implement policy and very few have any influence over the policies chosen. For the most part those who implement policy come and go with each administration and are the ones who cycle between government, academia, think tanks, and lobbying.