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Policy analysis in the Netherlands$
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Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313335

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313335.001.0001

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Contested knowledge in theory-driven policy analysis:

Contested knowledge in theory-driven policy analysis:

setting the Dutch stage

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(p.231) Fifteen Contested knowledge in theory-driven policy analysis
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Policy analysis in the Netherlands
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Victor Bekkers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313335.003.0015

In contemporary Dutch society, the content and outcomes of policy analysis activities are shaped by three forces which play a role when discussing the nature of specific societal challenges for which policies have to be formulated. The first force which is relevant relates to the increasing need to formulate evidence-based policies. The second force relates to the emergence of common knowledge. The third force refers to fact-free politics. The three forces constitute an arena in which modern policy analysts have to operate. In this chapter I address the nature of these three forces. Furthermore I will show what these three forces imply for the work of the policy analyst. In doing so I will make use of a number of Dutch case studies in which policy analysis had to deal with these three forces.

Keywords:   common knowledge, evidence-based policy, fact-free politics, policy analysts, case studies

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