The Brexit referendum and the election of US President Donald Trump sparked widespread interest in the role of facts in political and policy debate, both among the behaviour of traditional political actors and the proliferation of information sources online.
But concern about unreality in politics and public life existed before 2016. So how big is the problem really? And is there anything to be done to turn back the tide?
To discuss this, the Institute for Government welcomed Evan Davis, BBC presenter, economist and author of Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It.
Will Moy, Director of Full Fact, which ran a Facebook and Google-backed fact-checking and verification campaign during the General Election, also joined the event.
The event was chaired by Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.