Het eigene van de overheid (The typical qualities of government)

Input for the debate about the role of government
M.J.W. van Twist, C.F. van den Berg, et al.
The Hague: CAOP, 2011
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Het eigene van de overheid (The typical qualities of government) is a compilation of eleven articles that form a preliminary basis for a number of debates that the Centre for Public Sector Labour Relations (CAOP) organised in the spring of 2011. Two articles were contributed by Berenschot colleagues Professor M.J.W. van Twist and Dr C.F. van den Berg.

In the article ‘Marktwerking en de rol van de overheid (Market forces and the role of government)', Van Twist outlines the role played by government. This role, influenced by the policy of introducing deregulation, recently underwent a key transition in several areas. As such there was a transition from an enterprising government to an organising government. The transition of a government willing to leave tasks to the market to a government wanting to organise and regulate the market was also perceptible. According to Van Twist, a number of other key transitions in the government's position in relation to citizens and the market will also be evident in the future.

In the article ‘Het eigene van de overheid en haar personeel in een systeem van multi-level governance' (The typical qualities of government and its personnel in a system of multi-level governance', Van den Berg and Dr F.M. van der Meer outline the Netherlands' public administration, which is not alone in its search for a suitable new notion and organisation of government. They take the reader on ‘waves' of reform in the public sector in various times and that can be encountered in any country. Clear and common trends are also perceptible cross-nationally in each period too. The authors take the time to review the implications of all these developments on the formal position of government staff.


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