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Policy analysis in the Netherlands

Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten


The Netherlands is often regarded as one of the strongholds of policy analysis, both in academia and in policymaking. Few countries have such a high density of institutes specialized in policy analysis and in few countries such institutes have played and continue to play such a key role in policymaking as in the Netherlands. Policy analysis clearly is an authoritative factor without which it is impossible to comprehend the dynamics of policymaking and politics in the Netherlands. This is also reflected in the strong presence of policy analysis in research groups and teaching at Dutch universit ... More

Keywords: policy analysis, policy evaluation, the Netherlands, policy theory, advisory bodies, policy analysis training

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447313335
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frans van Nispen, editor
University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Peter Scholten, editor

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One Policy analysis in the Netherlands

Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Part One Styles and modes of policy analysis

Two Policy analysis in practice

Mark van Twist, Rien Rouw and Martijn van der Steen

Three Policy analysis in networks

Arwin van Buuren and Joop Koppenjan

Five Interpretive policy analysis in the Netherlands

Severine van Bommel, Merlijn van Hulst and Dvora Yanow

Part Two Policy analysis in government

Seven Policy analysis at the local government level

Frank Hilterman and Henk Klaassen

Part Three Advisory bodies, consultancy firms, research institutes and think tanks

Nine Advisory boards and planning bureaus

Peter Scholten and Frans van Nispen

Part Four Policy analysis in politics and by interest groups in society

Twelve Policy analysis and political party think tanks

Arco Timmermans, Edwin van Rooyen and Gerrit Voerman

Thirteen Policy analysis by negotiation

Menno Fenger and Pierre Koning

Part Five Policy analysis in the academic world

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