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Vormgeven aan een evolutionaire publieke innovatiestrategie

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden innovation, public sector innovation, innovation strategy
Auteurs Marcel Thaens
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Innovation is a popular theme in society as well as in public administration. This essay focuses on innovations that take place within the realm of the public sector. How can these innovations be developed and what do we know about their adoption and diffusion? Is it possible to steer these innovations and if so, how can it be done? Based on analyses of recent scientific insights, Bekkers, Edelenbos and Steijn (2011) plea for an incremental adaptive evolutionary public innovation strategy. Within the framework of such a strategy, innovation has to be directed towards increasing the connective capacity within government. Also, the specific, political character of the public sector as the context of innovation has to be acknowledged. Furthermore, it is also important to find a balance between the logic of consequentiality and the logic of appropriateness. Based on dissertations by Huijboom (2010), Korteland (2011) and Oosterbaan (2012) the meaning of this evolutionary strategy for public sector organizations is explored.


Marcel Thaens
Prof.dr M. Thaens is als principal consultant en Hoofd van het Centrum voor Strategie en Leiderschap verbonden aan PBLQ te Den Haag. Hij is daarnaast bijzonder hoogleraar ICT en Strategische innovatie in de publieke sector aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
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Framing framing. Betekenisgeving en besluitvorming over beleid

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Auteurs Hans de Bruijn, Thomas Schillemans en Martijn van der Steen
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Hans de Bruijn
Prof. mr. J.A. de Bruijn is hoogleraar aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management aan de TU Delft

Thomas Schillemans
dr T. Schillemans is universitair docent aan de Utrechtse School voor Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap, Universiteit Utrecht

Martijn van der Steen
dr M. van der Steen is codecaan en adjunctdirecteur van de Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur (NSOB) in Den Haag.
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Framing en reframing in het klimaatdebat

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden framing, climate change, values
Auteurs Hans de Bruijn, Ellen van Bueren en Floris Kreiken
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    Why is there an on-going debate about climate change? We analyse this question from a framing point of view. We analyse four well-known frames in the climate change debate, and see what kind of reactions and reframing they invoke. The analysis shows that simple frames with an inherent logic, which activates underlying values and which are easy to communicate strongly resonate. It is difficult to counter such a frame. Opponents of the frame are often seduced to counter the frame by using the same wording. In this way, they step into the frame of their opponents and thus confirm the frame. To conclude, the article discusses two possible strategies for reframing: to couple the frame with other frames, and to suggest an alternative frame without stepping into the opposed frame.


Hans de Bruijn
Prof. mr dr J.A. de Bruijn is werkzaam bij de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.

Ellen van Bueren
Dr E.M. van Bueren is werkzaam bij de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.

Floris Kreiken
Mr F.H. Kreiken is werkzaam bij de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.
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Van optimale schaalgrootte naar legitieme schaalgrootte

Een analyse van het publieke debat over schaalgrootte in de zorg

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden scale, healthcare organization, legitimacy, values
Auteurs Jeroen Postma, Kim Putters en Hester van de Bovenkamp
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    Over the last decades an increasing number of mergers and acquisitions between Dutch healthcare organizations has taken place (up scaling). More recently there is a rise in the numbers of new small-scale healthcare organizations and small-scale care facilities (down scaling in the numbers). The wide variety of scales, each with its pros, cons and (historical) contexts, makes the existence of one optimal scale an illusion. Our research question is: when, and on the basis of which values, is scale of healthcare organizations legitimate? We answer this question by analyzing 650 newspaper articles from fourteen national newspapers. By using theory about legitimacy and values, we argue that five values underlie the public discussion on scale: governance, the human size, quality of care, market power and efficiency. We conclude that achieving legitimate scale involves dealing with those five values, which are not always commensurable and sometimes conflicting. With this article we contribute to the scientific debate about scale and values. We also give recommendations to policy makers and executives that can be used to improve the legitimacy of scale decisions.


Jeroen Postma
J.P. Postma MScBA is adviseur bij BMC AdviesManagement en promovendus aan het instituut Beleid en Management Gezondheidszorg (iBMG) van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR).

Kim Putters
Prof. dr K. Putters is bijzonder hoogleraar Management van instellingen in de gezondheidszorg aan het iBMG.

Hester van de Bovenkamp
Dr H. van de Bovenkamp is universitair docent aan het iBMG.
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Dissertaties

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
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Onderwijstoezicht in een polycentrisch sturingsmodel

Dilemma's bij het vaststellen en verbeteren van de onderwijskwaliteit

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden polycentric governance, education, regulation
Auteurs Marlies Honingh en Melanie Ehren
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Over the last decade educational regulation has changed dramatically. Attempts to develop more cost-efficient regulation and to reduce the regulatory burden paralleled an increased focus on student achievement and sanctioning of failing schools. Additionally, the Inspectorate of Education holds school boards (instead of school principals) accountable for the quality development of their schools. Also, a change in legislation now requires schools to establish an internal supervisory board and improve their accountability to stakeholders.

    These changes greatly impact the role of the Dutch Education Inspectorate as they are placed in a polycentric, instead of a monocentric, steering context. This article discusses the new position and role of the Dutch Education Inspectorate and evaluates the extent to which the educational sector and the Inspectorate of Education meet the requirements of such a polycentric context.


Marlies Honingh
Dr M.E. Honingh is als universitair docent Bestuurskunde werkzaam aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Melanie Ehren
Dr M.C.M. Ehren is senior lecturer aan het Institute of Education van de University of London.
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Beeldenstrijd. Framing van en door publieke organisaties in de media

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden framing, public organizations, news media, (in)direct framing, media strategies
Auteurs Thomas Schillemans en Sandra Jacobs
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    Public organizations delivering public services are the subjects of approximately a third of the daily news in the quality press. This article investigates the media frames in which public organizations are portrayed and also investigates the direct and indirect strategies that public organizations use to influence those frames. The analysis is relevant because public organizations are subjected to decision making processes by politicians that are informed by the frames in media stories. The article is based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative content analysis of media reporting, and focus-groups and interviews with senior officials from multiple Dutch and Australian public service providers. The analysis reveals that public organizations deploy both direct strategies via communication as well as indirect strategies (such as networking with journalists and applied research) in order to influence media framing. The interaction between news media and public organizations is depicted as a struggle for control over media messages, where journalists and politicians often get the upper hand but where public organizations have specific traits that may serve to generate specific frames.


Thomas Schillemans
Dr T. Schillemans, universitair docent, is verbonden aan de Utrechtse School voor Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap, Universiteit Utrecht.

Sandra Jacobs
S.H.J. Jacobs MSc MA, promovenda, is verbonden aan de Utrechtse School voor Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap, Universiteit Utrecht.
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Waarom ‘Anders omgaan met water’ niet leeft bij burgers

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden frames, discourses, myth, flood safety policy, public engagement
Auteurs Trudes Heems en Baukje Kothuis
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Problems with the rivers were the incentive to change Dutch flood safety policy in 2000. ‘A different approach to water’ became the new policy slogan. Government presumes that public engagement in decision-making on flood safety will lead to more water awareness and risk aware behaviour. ‘No or hardly any negative side-effects’ are expected from this strategy. However, our research shows that public engagement in flood safety decision-making leads to fierce policy contestation, since proposed solutions do not meet the safety perception of local citizens. ‘A different approach to water’ strategy does not resonate in Dutch society because most people are convinced that government guarantees water safety. In this article we explain that this so-called ‘myth of water safety’ is based on a deep frame of risk control. We argue that flood safety needs to be reframed and that a new frame should be based on acceptance of vulnerability instead of risk control.


Trudes Heems
Dr G.C. Heems is verbonden aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft en aan WATERWORKS Social Science Research in Amsterdam.

Baukje Kothuis
Dr B.L.M. Kothuis is verbonden aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft en aan WATERWORKS Social Science Research in Amsterdam.
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De kracht van grijs: Een analyse van de politieke framing van vergrijzing

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden policy reform, future, framing, ageing
Auteurs Martijn van der Steen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    This article explores the role of frames about the future in policy reform, by analysing Dutch debates about population ageing and their impact on welfare policies in the period from 2000 until 2008 as a case study. Mapping the debates around ageing in the Netherlands, the article demonstrates that frames are a powerful force in the policy process. Diverging frames about the future enable fundamental changes of deeply embedded policy institutions. The case study shows the process of argumentation about the future that took place between 2000 and 2008, and reflects upon the frames about the future that were of crucial importance in bringing temporary closure to the controversy over the proper response to the demographic shift, which then lead to several important and rather strong changes in institutions of welfare state policies and fiscal policies.


Martijn van der Steen
Dr M. van der Steen is codecaan en adjunct-directeur van de Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur (NSOB) in Den Haag.
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Natuurramp, bonuscultuur of kans: Crisisframes

Waarom frames interpretatie beïnvloeden en waarom dit onvermijdelijk is

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 4 2012
Trefwoorden framing, crisis frames, neurolinguistics, persuasive communication, rhetorics
Auteurs Sarah Gagestein
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Framing is a not a new subject in science, but scientific interest in this matter is increasing lately. Being a quite abstract and somehow indefinite research object, framing theory is not yet fully developed and used in every research field in the same way. This article explores framing theory from a neurolinguistic perspective and shows why framing is important as well as inevitable in any form of communication or text. A case - framing crisis - is used to show the body and impact of different frames. The main argument is that it is impossible to communicate without frames and that the chosen frame has a great impact on the way the public will interpret certain events or situations.


Sarah Gagestein
S. Gagestein MA is taalstrateeg en eigenaar van taalbureau Taalstrategie.
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De nieuwe wereld van de Brusselse comitologie: Grote veranderingen op papier, weinig gevolgen in de praktijk?

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden comitology, European Union, national officials
Auteurs Michael Kaeding en Esther Versluis
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The opacity of and lack of democratic control over the European system of comitology - where detailed decisions are made by committees of national officials, chaired by the Commission - has frequently been criticized. With the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and especially since March 1, 2011, this system of executive and quasi-legislative power has changed in a number of important ways, however: on paper, the committees of national officials play a less prominent role than before and the role of the European Parliament has intensified. The question addressed in this article is what these changes in practice exactly mean. Has there really been so much change, and, if so, what are the implications for national civil servants? Working with the new comitology system means working with two regimes: delegated acts and implementing acts. Although innovative, we conclude that this change seems less fundamental than might be expected. Yet, for both regimes an increased number of parties is involved, which makes working with the new comitology difficult. Stakeholders, including Dutch officials, will thus have to deal with comitology in another way, which could make the new world of comitology an even more important battleground in the European policy process than already is the case.


Michael Kaeding
Dr M. Kaeding is hoogleraar Europese politiek en integratie, Universiteit Duisburg-Essen, Duitsland.

Esther Versluis
Dr E. Versluis is universitair hoofddocent aan de Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen van de Universiteit Maastricht
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Coördinatie en wederzijdse afhankelijkheid in europese reguleringsnetwerken

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden regulation, European Union, networks
Auteurs Karin van Boetzelaer en Sebastiaan Princen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In recent years, European networks of national regulators and supervisors have emerged in a variety of policy fields. These networks are seen as a way to coordinate national implementation and enforcement of EU legislation in situations where centralization of these activities at European level is undesirable or politically infeasible. This article explores whether such networks indeed lead to a higher level of coordination between the member states. The authors do so by comparing four directives (two in the field of financial market supervision and two in the field of environmental policy) the implementation of which was coordinated within European networks. The results of this study show that coordination is strongest for those directives where the interdependence between national supervisors is greatest and national supervisors thus have a direct interest in coordination. This implies that European regulatory networks are only an effective form of coordination for issues involving strong interdependencies between national supervisors.


Karin van Boetzelaer
K.G. van Boetzelaer MSc werkt bij het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties.

Sebastiaan Princen
Dr S.B.M. Princen is universitair hoofddocent bij het Departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap van de Universiteit Utrecht.
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Virtueel vangnet of functionele beleidsdroom?

Publiek aandeelhouderschap als toezicht op de drinkwatersector

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden Public ownership, drinking water, public utilities
Auteurs Bauke Steenhuisen
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    By law Dutch companies providing drinking water have to remain in public hands. In practice, public shareholders often fulfil their role in an informal fashion and without much engagement. They hardly intervene to protect the public interest. Public ownership is deemed to be crucial but its effects are difficult to measure. In this article, we examine the (ever changing and varying) institutional conditions of two public water companies and discuss whether these conditions enable public shareholders to properly control these companies. By comparing the opinions and experiences of directly involved respondents, this article aims to answer the question whether and how public shareholders are able to act as regulators. There are indications that this kind of regulation will not be efficient enough when needed, though those involved do not see this as a problem. This article offers suggestions for municipalities and provinces to reflect more on their role in the drinking water sector.


Bauke Steenhuisen
Dr ir B.M. Steenhuisen is universitair docent Bestuurskunde aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft

Martijn Groenleer
Dr M.L.P. Groenleer is universitair docent bestuurskunde aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.

Esther Versluis
Dr E. Versluis is universitair hoofddocent aan de Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen van de Universiteit Maastricht.
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Wmo-raden, horizontaal tegenwicht of meewerkend voorwerp?

Een verkennende casestudy naar de invloed van vijf Wmo-raden

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden Social Support Act, Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning, municipalities
Auteurs Lotte Penning en Tamara Metze
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In 2010 the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) concluded that the Social Support Act (Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning, Wmo) is successful as it leads to greater coherence in policies, and because the public Wmo-advisory councils are satisfied with the role they play. Wmo councils provide solicited and unsolicited advice to municipalities. They defend citizens’ interests against those of health care providers and insurance companies. Despite the positive results of the SCP study, there is an ongoing debate about the restyling of the Wmo-councils to increase their influence on local policy making. Some studies even call for a national council to prevent bargaining between the Associations of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS).

    In this exploratory article, the authors analyse the influence of five local Wmo-councils - Alkmaar, Delft, Kerkrade, Tilburg and Utrecht - on local policy making. They examined the recognition and authority of these five councils and studied if municipalities heeded their advice. The article shows, that Wmo-councils themselves are dissatisfied with the influence they have. Subsequently, it demonstrates that municipalities anticipated the actions of Wmo-councils but hardly ever changed their policies accordingly. Wmo-councils are meant as a horizontal counterweight but are in danger of not being taken seriously.


Lotte Penning
L. Penning MA werkt als trainee via PBLQ HEC, consultants voor ICT en bestuur in de publieke sector.

Tamara Metze
Dr T. Metze is universitair docent aan de Tilburgse School voor Politiek en Beleid
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Kijken naar de toekomst

Over de noodzakelijke professionalisering van toekomstonderzoek

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden futures studies, futurology, methodology
Auteurs Patrick van der Duin
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The various crises we are faced with today demand long-term solutions. The academic discipline of future studies can play a role in devising such solutions but struggles to do so. There still is no coherent body of knowledge and a diversity in approaches. In this review essay the author discusses three recent books from the field of futures studies. Based on this, he formulates several issues that arise with regards to a further professionalization of the discipline.


Patrick van der Duin
Dr P.A. van der Duin is universitair docent aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.
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Minder belastingen én minder begrotingstekort: Een onmogelijk partnerschap?

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, fiscal conservatism
Auteurs Zeger van der Wal
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    At first glance the notion that lower taxes will decrease the government deficit sounds like a nonsensical idea. Nevertheless this is one of the main arguments brought forward in Mitt Romney's bid to oust Barack Obama from the White House. In this essay, the author compares the arguments brought forward by the Romney campaign and other fiscal conservatives with those of their critics. He discusses the paradigms underlying Romney's fiscal conservatism from a mixed European/Asian perspective. The author argues that while lowering taxes may sound alluring during a political campaign, without them it will prove hard to maintain our standard of living.


Zeger van der Wal
Dr Z. van der Wal is associate professor aan de Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore en research fellow aan de Afdeling Bestuurswetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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Street-level bureaucrats tussen organisaties: De hernieuwde relevantie van Lipsky's werk

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden Street-level bureaucrat, interorganizational cooperation, networks
Auteurs Taco Brandsen, Mirjan Oude Vrielink en Liesbeth Collignon
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Recent developments shed a new light on the role of Lipsky's classic analysis of the street-level bureaucrat. A growing number of social services is provided as a product of cooperation between different actors: government agencies, societal organizations, private businesses, citizens. As a result of this development, the street-level bureaucrat now increasingly operates in an interorganizational network, rather than within one single organization. This (partly) changes the dilemmas he has to deal with. The authors demonstrate this by analyzing the so-called ‘Achter de Voordeur’ projects, whereby house-calls of street-level bureaucrats are linked with full cooperation between local authorities.


Taco Brandsen
Prof. dr T. Brandsen is hoogleraar Bestuurskunde aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.

Mirjan Oude Vrielink
Dr M. Oude Vrielink is senior onderzoeker aan de Universiteit Twente.

Liesbeth Collignon
Drs. L. Collignon is bestuurskundig onderzoeker en adviseur.
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Europese agentschappen in de praktijk: De strijd om autonomie en de paradox van samenwerking

Tijdschrift Bestuurskunde, Aflevering 3 2012
Trefwoorden European Union, agencies, autonomy, cooperation
Auteurs Martijn Groenleer
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    Agencies of the European Union (EU) are formally independent entities that collect information, provide advice and take decisions on technical, scientific or operational issues. While the original idea underlying their independence was that they could contribute to ‘depoliticize’ these issues, current discussions emphasize strengthening the control over EU agencies because it is often thought that they are too autonomous. The question is how autonomous EU agencies really are. I answer this question by studying the development of two agencies (for the authorization of medicines and food safety) in greater detail. The results of my research show that, in practice, not only do the creation and design of EU agencies result from political struggle, but this struggle continues during their development. Moreover, EU agencies are themselves part of this struggle. They must fight for their autonomy, but at the same time cannot position themselves too independently vis-à-vis other parties. This leads to the paradoxical conclusion that EU agencies are likely to be more autonomous when they cooperate more closely with other parties, especially with national agencies, whose positions in turn are strengthened rather than weakened.


Martijn Groenleer
Dr M. Groenleer is universitair docent bestuurskunde aan de Faculteit Techniek, Bestuur en Management van de TU Delft.
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