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Reflectie & debat

Nieuwe instituties voor het Antropoceen

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 4 2019
Auteurs Albert Faber en Anne van Leeuwen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The Anthropocene offers a narrative to rethink the full range of present-day institutions. The urgency, complexity and scope of the ecological challenges that are upon us provide important challenges. Traditional institutions may be up to the task or be able to adapt to the new challenges, but likely new institutional perspectives will be required. The idea of ‘ecological reflexivity’ is helpful to critically explore some new and important institutional features for the Antropocene: recognition of the non-human world and its voices, reflection upon what works and upon what can be imagined, and response in terms of new practices and functions. We explore these features and offer some examples of new institutions.


Albert Faber
Albert Faber is auteur van De gemaakte planeet. Leven in het Antropoceen, dat vorig jaar verscheen bij Amsterdam University Press. Hij werkt als strateeg bij het ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK). Deze bijdrage is op persoonlijke titel.

Anne van Leeuwen
Anne van Leeuwen zet zich in voor een samenleving waarin mens en natuur onlosmakelijk verbonden zijn. Ze is directielid bij de Ambassade van de Noordzee en medeoprichter van de regeneratieve boerderij en leerplek Bodemzicht.
Dossier

De aanpak van belastingontwijking door de EU: gerichte maatregelen zonder structurele verandering.

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden Tax, EU/European Union, Corporate taxation, Tax avoidance, Tax policy
Auteurs Indra Römgens
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    According to the outgoing European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, the European Union (EU) has made more progress in tackling tax avoidance and evasion in the last five years than in the twenty years before that. This article argues that although several targeted measures have indeed been adopted, such as automatic exchange of tax rulings and limitations on interest deductions, this has not led to a structural change in EU corporate tax policies, nor in underlying power relations. The article discusses the politics of a number of recent policy developments related to tax avoidance and evasion by transnational corporations. It argues that the adoption of targeted measures, and the simultaneous stalling of more comprehensive approaches – in terms of tax transparency or a common consolidated corporate tax base – can be explained by recent tax controversies, international politics, and the dynamics within and between EU institutions. Particular attention is paid to the role of the European Parliament that is formally limited, but still houses progressive forces that have continuously pushed for a clampdown on tax avoidance. Finally, the article pleads for more transparent EU decision-making, specifically concerning discussions with and within the Council, in order to improve the democratic legitimacy of EU corporate tax policies and processes.


Indra Römgens
MSc Indra Römgens is Promovendus aan de Roskilde Universiteit in Denemarken en de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen.
Dossier

De schuldencrisis in de eurozone: oorzaken, aanpak en implicaties

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden Eurozone crisis, Financialization, Bail-outs, Austerity, Banking union, Quantitative easing
Auteurs Dr. Henk Overbeek
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Ten years ago, now, the Eurozone began to shake on its foundations. This article traces the genesis of the crisis and the present state of affairs. As to the causes of the global financial crisis in 2008, I argue that contrary to common understanding, the financial crisis had its deeper causes in a decades old tendency towards crisis in the real economy, produced by the continuous overaccumulation of capital which can only return profits by undertaking speculative short-term investments (a phenomenon known as ‘financialisation’). I then trace how the global financial crisis morphed into a crisis of public deficits and debt in 2010-2011, particularly in the Eurozone. Three factors are shown to be responsible: financialization, design faults in the European monetary union, and the neo-mercantilist strategy of especially Germany and the Netherlands. The paper next looks at the five main traits of the policy responses in the Eurozone: bailing out governments and banks through creating emergency funds; imposition of austerity and budget discipline for member state governments; attempting to create and complete a Eurozone banking union; subsequently the European Central Bank engaged on an unprecedented scale in ‘quantitative easing’; and finally, institutional reform in an attempt to repair the most pressing design faults of the EMU. The paper concludes that the underlying structural factors leading up to the crisis have only been addressed incompletely: the overaccumulation of capital continues, the completion of the banking union is in an impasse, quantitative easing has mostly just intensified financialization by pushing up asset prizes, and institutional reform has taken the form of a fundamentally undemocratic attempt at monetary and political union by stealth. The broader legitimacy of the European project has been substantially undermined, and Europe is not in a better position than eight years ago in case of a new global crisis.


Dr. Henk Overbeek
Henk Overbeek is Emeritus Hoogleraar Internationale betrekkingen aan de afdeling Bestuurswetenschap en Politicologie van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Casus

Access_open De winsten van zorginstellingen

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2018
Trefwoorden health-care organizations, financial accounts, for-profit or not-for-profit, Profits, economies of scale
Auteurs Prof. dr. Jeroen Suijs en Prof. dr. Harrie Verbon
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this feature authors discuss recent research findings that are of interest to readers of Beleid en Maatschappij.
    We calculate and describe profits obtained by health organizations in The Netherlands in the years 2014 and 2015. We distinguish between profit and not-for-profit organizations. We find that on average net profits amount to about 2 percent on turnover with a peak of more than 3 percent for mental-healthcare organizations. If we take the size of organizations into account, we find that for-profit organizations with a turnover of less than 1 million euro tend to have on average net profit rates of 4 percent to more than 5 percent with peaks amounting to more than 50 percent. We are not yet able to come up with explanations for these excessively high profit rates in parts of the Dutch health care sector. On the other hand, the highest losses can be found in small-sized organizations as well. We delved deeper into the financial accounts of a few for-profit organizations and found indications of misreporting of turnover or number of treatments. On the other hand, bad management and unhealthy cost structures might explain why some organizations incur excessive big losses. The sector does not appear to be well monitored by the government.


Prof. dr. Jeroen Suijs
Prof. dr. Jeroen Suijs is hoogleraar financial accounting aan de Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam.

Prof. dr. Harrie Verbon
Prof. dr. Harrie Verbon is hoogleraar openbare financiën aan de Universiteit van Tilburg.

    In this feature authors discuss recent research findings that are of interest to readers of Beleid en Maatschappij.


Dr. Duco Bannink
Dr. Duco Bannink is redactielid van Beleid en Maatschappij en verbonden aan het Talma Instituut voor onderzoek in de zorg van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Casus

Access_open In de zorg voelt de winst van de een nu als het verlies van de ander

Naar een beter begrip van winst in de zorg door in de discussie over winst in de zorg onderscheid te maken tussen een leefwereld- en een systeemwereldperspectief

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2018
Trefwoorden Profit, healthcare providers, health insurers, lifeworld perspective, system perspective
Auteurs Drs. Piet de Bekker en Dr. Eric van der Hijden
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In this feature authors discuss recent research findings that are of interest to readers of Beleid en Maatschappij.
    Systematic research on societal responses to profit in healthcare is scarce. It is a highly complex topic, with many tensions in the public and political debate. In a recent Dutch publication on profit, authors use a ‘lifeworld’ perspective to assess profit in their research, while their assessment could have been different using a ‘system’ perspective. Both perspectives have their merit, and debate on the role of profit in health care should separate the two perspectives. We describe both perspectives and use them to clarify whether making a profit is different from paying that profit to shareholders. We conclude that in healthcare, the general tension between the perspectives can be summarized as ‘profit for one actor may feel – but isn’t always – someone else’s loss’. Recognizing these tensions and searching for a strategy to align interests in which everyone gains may help the current stagnated debate on this issue in the Netherlands.


Drs. Piet de Bekker
Drs. Piet de Bekker is PhD-onderzoeker aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Talma Instituut, sectie Gezondheidseconomie. Hij is tevens partner en adviseur bij Zorgvuldig Advies.

Dr. Eric van der Hijden
Dr. Eric van der Hijden is teamleider Gepaste Zorg aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Talma Instituut, sectie Gezondheidseconomie. Hij is tevens beleidsadviseur zorginkoop bij Zilveren Kruis Zorgverzekeringen.

Dr. Alexandre Afonso
Dr. Alexandre Afonso is assistant professor aan de Universiteit van Leiden.

    This paper attempts a normative assessment of the input and output-oriented legitimacy of the present euro-rescuing regime on the basis of policy analyses examining the causes of present crises, the available policy options, and the impact of the policies actually chosen. Concluding that the regime lacks input-oriented legitimacy and that its claim to output-oriented legitimacy is ambivalent at best, the paper explores potential – majoritarian or unilateral – exits from the present institutional constellation that is characterized by the synthesis of a non-democratic expertocracy and an extremely asymmetric intergovernmental bargaining system.


Prof. dr. Fritz W. Scharpf
Prof. dr. Fritz W. Scharpf is emeritus director van het Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies.

Karin Geuijen
Dr. C.H.M. Geijen is werkzaam als universitair docent aan de Universiteit Utrecht bij het Departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap (USBO).
Artikel

De bekostiging van klimaatadaptatie

Arrangementen voor een legitieme balans van baten en lasten

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2010
Auteurs Peter Driessen en Tejo Spit
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The extent to which the implementation of adaptation strategies is effective is determined by the availability of suitable financial instruments. The Dutch spatial planning system consists of several instruments for financing and implementing spatial development plans. The central question of this article is: which insights from the present financing system could be relevant for an effective and legitimate climate adaptation policy in the near future?


Peter Driessen
Prof. dr. P.P.J. Driessen is als hoogleraar milieuwetenschappen verbonden aan de Faculteit Geowetenschappen van de Universiteit Utrecht. Correspondentiegegevens: Prof. dr. P.P.J. Driessen Departement Innovatie- en Milieuwetenschappen Faculteit Geowetenschappen Universiteit Utrecht Postbus 80115 3508 TC Utrecht p.driessen@geo.uu.nl

Tejo Spit
Prof. dr. T Spit is als hoogleraar planologie verbonden aan de Faculteit Geowetenschappen van de Universiteit Utrecht.

    Although long recognized as beneficial, a global language has not come to fruition despite considerable past efforts. A major reason is that many policy makers and citizens fear that such a universal language would undermine the particularistic, constituting primary languages of local and national communities. This dilemma can be greatly diminished by a two tier approach, in which efforts to protect the primary language will be intensified but all the nations involved would agree to use the same second language as the global one. Although theoretically the UN or some other such body could choose such a language, in effect English is increasingly occupying this position. However, policies that are in place slow down the development of a global language, often based on the mistaken assumption that people can readily gain fluency in several languages.


Amitai Etzioni
Amitai Etzioni is universiteitshoogleraar aan de George Washington University in Washington DC en directeur van het Insititute for Communitarian Policy Studies. Hij wordt beschouwd als een van de grondleggers van het communitarisme. Enkele van zijn meest bekende werken zijn The Active Society (1969), The Spirit of Community (1993) en The New Golden Rule (1996).
Artikel

Hoe verkoop ik een spoorweg?

De lessen van het privatiseringsstreven bij de Betuweroute, HSL-Zuid en Zuiderzeelijn

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 3 2005
Auteurs Joop Koppenjan en Martijn Leijten
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In December 2004, the report of the Dutch Parliamentary Investigation Committee on Infrastructural Projects was published. This committee investigated the budgets overruns of two large rail projects currently under construction in the Netherlands: the Betuwe Line and the High Speed Line (HSL)-South. The committee also looked at how mistakes that were made in the earlier projects had been avoided in the construction of the Zuiderzee Line, a project currently under preparation. The report provides a look inside the struggle of the Dutch national government from the beginning of the 1990s in their public-private partnership (PPP) efforts. In this contribution, we provide an analysis of the motives, approach and results of privatisation of these three projects on the bases of the detailed empirical analysis provided by the Committee. We seek explanations of how privatisation with these three projects evolved and what lessons can be drawn. It appears that practices have so far been far from good and instead of committing to the obligation to apply PPP in every large infrastructural project, the government should first find out how PPP in such projects should actually be carried out.


Joop Koppenjan
Joop Koppenjan is bestuurskundige en als universitair hoofddocent verbonden aan de faculteit Technologie, Bestuur en Management van de Technische Universiteit Delft. Hij doet onderzoek naar besluitvorming en sturing in beleidsnetwerken en publiek private samenwerking bij de totstandkoming en het beheer van publieke infrastructuur. In 2004 was hij als staflid betrokken bij de werkzaamheden van de Tijdelijke Commissie Infrastructuur en deed hij onderzoek naar de privatisering van de Betuweroute. Recente publicaties: Adres: Technische Universiteit Delft, sectie Beleidskunde/Organisatie en Management, Postbus 5015, 2600 GA Delft, e-mail: j.f.m.koppenjan@tbm.tudelft. nl

Martijn Leijten
Martijn Leijten is onderzoeker aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de Technische Universiteit Delft. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op organisatie en management van complexe infrastructuurprojecten. Hij maakt deel uit van het onderzoekscentrum Sustainable Urban Areas van de TU Delft. Martijn Leijten was in 2004 betrokken bij het onderzoek van de Tijdelijke Commissie Infrastructuurprojecten van de Tweede Kamer en droeg met name bij aan de reconstructie van de besluitvorming over de Zuiderzeelijn. Recente publicaties: Adres: Technische Universiteit Delft, sectie Beleidskunde/Organisatie en Management, Postbus 5015, 2600 GA Delft, e-mail: m.leijten@tbm.tudelft.nl

Miguel Dr Goede
Dr Miguel Goede is verbonden aan de Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antillen en Hij is tevens voorzitter van de Vereniging Bestuurskunde van de Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba.
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