Value for Money in Government

ISSN :
2079-8946 (en ligne)
ISSN :
2079-8938 (imprimé)
DOI :
10.1787/20798946
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The OECD series Value for Money in Government reports on new reforms and reform trends in public administration, as part of the OECD multi-annual, cross-country study of the same name. The study looks in particular at reforms which aim for better quality of services at lower costs – that is, value for money. The series includes horizontal studies that look at reforms on a thematic basis across countries, as well as country assessments of individual countries. The horizontal studies are descriptive and provide information on the reforms that have occurred in member countries. The focus is on features of the reforms, and on experience with their implementation, which are relevant from an international perspective so that countries can learn from each other. The country studies assess government institutions and practices and, drawing upon reforms that have delivered good results in other countries, make recommendations to the country.

 
Value for Money in Government: The Netherlands 2010

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Date de publication :
07 mars 2011
Pages :
108
ISBN :
9789264096097 (PDF) ; 9789264096080 (imprimé)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264096097-en

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Public administration has entered a new age. In the 1980s, "less" government was the prevailing idea; in the 1990s and early 21st century, "New Public Management" was the dominant theme. Today, public administration is moving in new directions. Reforms are focusing on the quality of services for citizens and businesses and on the efficiency of administration (the "back office" of government). The OECD is studying these new trends in a multi-annual, cross-country project called "Value for Money in Government".

This publication focuses on the Netherlands and provides an overview of previous Dutch reforms and recommendations for further reforms in view of the need to get better value for money from government.

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  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Foreword
    This report is the first country assessment to be produced as part of the OECD study on value for money in government. This study, launched in 2008 on the initiative of the Dutch government, aims to identify new developments in the organisation of central government that are leading to better value for money: better services at lower costs for taxpayers. The first report in the Value for Money series was published in July 2010 under the title Public Administration after "New Public Management".
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Executive Summary
    This report presents the results of an assessment regarding the organisation of the central government of the Netherlands. This report is part of the Value for Money in Government series. The series reports on a multi-annual study that aims to identify reforms currently undertaken or planned in OECD member countries that are interesting from the point of view of value for money. The study looks at reforms aimed to improve the quality of services (more value) and efficiency (less money) in central government.
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Introduction: Value for money in government
    This report presents the results of an assessment regarding the organisation of the central government of the Netherlands. This report is part of the OECD Value for Money in Government series. The series reports on a multi-annual study that aims to identify reforms and plans for reform currently undertaken or planned in OECD member countries that are interesting from the point of view of value for money. The study looks at reforms aimed to improve the quality of services (more value) and efficiency (less money) in central government.
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Benchmarks for the Dutch central government
    The Netherlands is a country of small size in terms of territory and intermediate size in terms of population and GDP. Its constitutional structure characterises it as a parliamentary democracy. Parliament is elected on the basis of proportional representation. Cabinets are based on coalitions between two or three major parties. Basic statistics about the Netherlands are provided in Table 2.1.
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Overview of previous Dutch reforms
    Since the 1980s, three periods of reform can be distinguished in the Netherlands, as is also the case in many OECD member countries. The 1980s were years of "receding government". Policies in these years were inspired by the theory of supply-side economics that emphasised the burden of large government on society and the adverse effects of high tax levels on economic growth. These were the years of the Reagan administration in the United States, of the Thatcher government in the United Kingdom, and of the "no-nonsense" cabinets of Prime Minister Lubbers in the Netherlands. In this period, the spending review procedure was developed and the "grand operations" (see below) had a far-reaching impact on the size and structure of government.
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Reforming the Dutch central government: Recommendations
    This chapter presents the ten reforms or reform trends from the list of 70 to be presented in Building on Basics (OECD, forthcoming) that, in the view of the OECD Secretariat, are particularly interesting for the Netherlands. Each section will conclude with recommendations to the Dutch government. Indications of potential quality improvements and savings will be provided in the final section.
  • Cliquez pour accéder:  Annex A. Glossary
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