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Aflevering 4, 2023 Alle samenvattingen uitklappen

Bart Voorn
Dr. B. Voorn is universitair docent bestuurskunde in de sectie Bestuurskunde van de Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen van de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen en redactielid van Bestuurswetenschappen.

Access_open Lokale partijen steeds meer vertegenwoordigd in gemeentebestuur

Auteurs Raymond Gradus, Bram Faber en Stijn Klarenbeek

    In March 2022, elections for the municipal council took place in 333 municipalities in the Netherlands, and executive boards were formed up until the end of October. The big winners are the local parties. They have considerably strengthened their position in the Dutch municipal councils and executive boards, as we show in this article. We calculate a conversion rate that indicates the number of aldermen in relation to the number of council seats. For traditional governing parties such as CDA (the Christian Democrats), VVD (the liberals) and PvdA (the social democrats), the conversion rate is more than one, and our data shows that for local parties this conversion rate continues to increase towards one. As a result, executive boards are increasingly taking on the character of a reflective board, in which parties of some size are included. We also break down the ideological position of local parties that is common in political science, which shows that local parties with a strong focus on local issues have a conversion rate of just over one, while the conversion rate for local parties protesting about a particular issue is considerably lower than one.

Raymond Gradus
Prof. dr. R.H.J.M. Gradus is hoogleraar Bestuur en Economie van de Publieke en Non-profit Sector aan het Zijlstra Center for Public Control, Governance & Leadership en de afdeling Accounting van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Bram Faber
Dr. A.S.C. Faber is onderzoeker bij de Rekenkamer Metropool Amsterdam en was voorheen postdoctoraal onderzoeker aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam bij de afdeling Ethics, Governance & Society.

Stijn Klarenbeek
S. Klarenbeek MSc is politicoloog en promovendus aan het Zijlstra Center for Public Control, Governance & Leadership van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Mooie plaatjes maken nog geen goede ­participatie

Een ontwerpend onderzoek naar de strategische afstemming van de digitale tweeling voor burgerparticipatie

Auteurs Sharon van Geldere, Koen Steenks en Albert Meijer

    More and more governments are using a ‘digital twin’ (DT), an advanced digital 3D representation of physical reality. With the many modelling, visual and interactive options, DTs could support citizen participation. In this way, DTs can contribute to ‘smart anticipation’. The question, however, is how can DTs be of value for citizen participation? This first requires strategic coordination of DTs with the internal and external environment. In this article we answer this question based on design research into the DT of the Dutch municipality of Almere (a recently built city close to Amsterdam in the province Flevoland). Based on the design science methodology, we study the DT’s commitment to citizen participation in a process of two interventions and validate our design. We argue that adopting a hospitable attitude is essential for shaping dual coordination to appropriately deploy DTs within a citizen participation process. The research contributes to the management science literature on the strategic alignment of digital technologies with organisational processes and contexts. Based on this research, we formulate concrete recommendations to governments that use, or would like to use, DTs to strengthen citizen participation.

Sharon van Geldere
S.R. van Geldere BSc is junior-onderzoeker van de Datawerkplaats. De Datawerkplaats is een samenwerkingsverband tussen de Universiteit Utrecht en verschillende provincies en gemeenten in Nederland.

Koen Steenks
D.C. Steenks BSc is junior-onderzoeker van de Datawerkplaats. De Datawerkplaats is een samenwerkingsverband tussen de Universiteit Utrecht en verschillende provincies en gemeenten in Nederland.

Albert Meijer
Prof. dr. A.J. Meijer is hoogleraar Publieke Innovatie aan de Universiteit Utrecht en redactielid van Bestuurswetenschappen.

    This essay discusses the novel Connemara by Nicolas Mathieu. The reader of this journal will immediately wonder why one would devote an essay to a French novel particularly a novel that tells the story of people with optimistic (love) expectations and undergoing the suffering of the disillusions that follow. More specifically, why write an essay in Public Administration about a novel that does not give the impression that there is any connection with this field? Don’t worry, the novel has a lot to offer Public Administration scientists, but for that you have to experience the (love) vicissitudes of the main characters who are dominated in the meantime by fundamental economic and social transformations, by cunning local administrative practices, fanatically reorganising governments, intrusive consultancy firms and unscrupulous consultants. Through his detailed and astute analysis of the everyday lives of ambitious as well as disillusioned middle-aged people, he portrays a France with citizens who have worked very hard in the competitive French education system, have to perform a type of work that offers little satisfaction and where burnout is permanently lurking. He can be seen as a contemporary Tijl Ulenspiegel. At the time, Tijl fooled people by holding up a mirror to them. Nicolas Mathieu does the same by giving the French (and modern society) a distressing view of their own lives.

Nico Nelissen
Prof. dr. N.J.M. Nelissen is emeritus hoogleraar aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, redactielid en oud-hoofdredacteur van Bestuurswetenschappen.

    This essay aims to examine leadership questions from the perspective of practical wisdom, a classic concept from the philosophical tradition. Erik Pool’s argument is based on a combination of subjective experience and objectified knowledge from forty years of personal and professional development. Because this lays the foundation for this story, he first briefly explains the professional paths along which he came to understand how Pool knows how to get things done. Particularly in his government work, he came across public leadership in three guises. They bear the traces of the heavy weather through which the Ship of State had to be piloted, which he sketches with a few brushstrokes but, despite that light touch, still appears very heavy. The urgency and weight characterise public leadership, which Erik Pool further explains with five crucial ‘capabilities’: (1) act when you have to (‘kairos’); (2) reflective capacity (‘eidos’-’skopea’); (3) learning ability (‘gnosis’); (4) justice (‘dikaiosunè’); and (5) practical wisdom (‘phronesis’). This essay ends with a plea for justice as a building block for ‘practical wisdom’, with which public leaders can raise their moral and material capacity to act. A society will not become heaven on earth, but a vital democratic constitutional state should at least be the ambitious and honourable commitment of ‘radical leadership in public service’.

Erik Pool
E. Pool BA is programmadirecteur Dialoog & Ethiek voor ambtelijk vakmanschap bij het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties en filosofisch consulent en socratisch gespreksleider bij WerkmetLef.

    The Canon of Participation shows the development of participation in 27 illustrative and sometimes iconic stories. This shows how participation is a common thread through our political-administrative history. The canon looks at the context in which participation professionals now work from a government perspective. We walk through history in seven-league boots. From the stories of the past, we always learn lessons for the future. This issue discusses the first fourteen windows. The next issue of this journal will present the remaining thirteen windows. This is an adaptation of the Canon of Participation, which can be found at www.kennisknooppuntparticipatie.nl/canon. The online version of the canon contains more extensive descriptions, interpretation, background information, illustrations and source references. And there people can also respond to the canon, because just like participation itself, the canon is never fully developed. The canon was commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange Participation of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Vincent van Stipdonk
Drs. V.P. van Stipdonk is zelfstandig Politiek Raadgever & Redacteur en redactielid van Bestuurswetenschappen.

Alan Tinkhof
A. Tinkhof BSc LLB is participatieadviseur bij het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat. Hij deed aan de Universiteit Leiden de bachelors rechten en bestuurskunde. Hij doet nu in Leiden de master Management van de publieke sector.

Tom Radstaak
T. Radstaak MPA LLB is strategisch adviseur bij het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat. Hij deed een master bestuurskunde aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, afstudeerrichting beleid, bestuur en politiek, en daarvoor in Rotterdam de bachelors rechten en bestuurskunde.
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Rik Reussing
Dr. G.H. Reussing is onderwijscoördinator van de joint degree Public Governance across Borders aan de Universiteit Twente en redactiesecretaris van Bestuurswetenschappen.