Policy Analysis in The Netherlands

Edited by Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Policy Analysis in The Netherlands

Edited by Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Distributed for Bristol University Press

368 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $156.00 ISBN: 9781447313335 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The Netherlands has long been internationally regarded as one of the leading sources of policy analysis and evaluation in Europe. This book, part of the International Library of Policy Analysis, offers a much-needed overview of developments in policy analysis in both academia and practice at various levels of governance, capturing the diversity of modes of policy analysis that have evolved since the 1970s.

One: Policy analysis in the Netherlands: an introduction - Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Part One: Policy styles and modes of policy analysis

Two: Policy analysis in practice: reinterpreting the quest for evidence-based policy - Mark van Twist, Rien Rouw and Martijn van der Steen

Three: Policy analysis in networks: the battle of analysis and the potentials of joint fact-finding - Arwin van Buuren and Joop Koppenjan

Four: Patterns of science–policy interaction - Robert Hoppe

Five: Interpretive policy analysis in the Netherlands - Severine van Bommel, Merlijn van Hulst and Dvora Yanow

Part Two: Policy analysis in government

Six: Policy analysis and evaluation in national government - Frans van Nispen

Seven: Policy analysis at the local government level - Frank Hilterman and Henk Klaassen

Eight: Policy analysis and performance audit at the ‘highest level’: looking for evidence and responsiveness - Peter van der Knaap

Part Three: Advisory boards, consultancy firms, research institutes and think tanks

Nine: Advisory boards and planning bureaus - Peter Scholten and Frans van Nispen

Ten: The Dutch policy research industry - Peter van Hoesel

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

Eleven: Policy analysis in the Dutch Parliament - Karin Zaal

Twelve: Policy analysis and political party think tanks - Arco Timmermans, Edwin van Rooyen and Gerrit Voerman

Thirteen: Policy analysis by negotiation: trade unions, employers’ organisations and the Social and Economic Council - Menno Fenger and Pierre Koning

Part Five: Policy analysis in the academic world

Fourteen: Policy analysis as instruction - Wil Thissen

Fifteen: Contested knowledge in theory-driven policy analysis: setting the Dutch stage - Victor Bekkers

Part Six: Conclusion

Sixteen Institutionalisation and performance of policy analysis and evaluation in the Netherlands - Peter Scholten and Frans van Nispen
Review Quotes
Beryl Radin | Georgetown University
“This book is useful not only to policy analysts in the Netherlands but to readers across the globe who are looking for diverse models of the policy analysis enterprise. The interrelationship between the academic and practice aspects of the field in the Dutch setting is very important and instructive to readers.”
David L. Weimer | University of Wisconsin–Madison
“Perhaps more so than in any other country, professional policy analysis has been institutionalized and integrated into policy making in the Netherlands. The distinguished contributors provide a rich and fascinating account of this integration and speculate on its viability in the face of changing politics.”
William Dunn | University of Pittsburgh
“The contributions to the volume reflect the fact that much of policy analysis appears to be in a productive state of multidisciplinary turmoil. Thoughtful students and practitioners of policy analysis, whether situated in universities, public agencies, or independent centers of research, will want to have this distinguished volume in their libraries.”
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