Value for Money in Government: The Netherlands 2010

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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.


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.


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