Government Institutions: Effects, Changes and Normative Foundations

  • Hendrik Wagenaar

Part of the Library of Public Policy and Public Administration book series (LPPP, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-7
  2. Institutional Change

    1. Arjen Boin, Paul ‘T Hart
      Pages 9-31
    2. Romke Van Der Veen, Willem Trommel, Bert De Vroom
      Pages 33-53
    3. Anton Hemerijck
      Pages 55-74
  3. Testing Institutional Theory

    1. Jeroen Huisman
      Pages 75-88
    2. Bernard Steunenberg
      Pages 89-108
  4. Normative Foundations of Government Institutions

    1. Bärbel Dorbeck-Jung, Huib De Jong
      Pages 109-127
    2. Hendrik Wagenaar, Rogier Hartendorp
      Pages 147-177
  5. Institutional Design

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-258

About this book


Research on government institutions is one of the most exciting intellectual areas in political science and policy studies today. Increasingly it is recognized by scholars in these fields that effective and legitimate policies depend on the design and maintenance of complex institutional arrangements. This book brings together some of the leading scholars in institutional research in The Netherlands. Their work addresses such perennially difficult questions in institutional research such as: How do we understand institutional change? How do we measure the effects of institutions on societal sectors and public policy? How do the normative foundations of government institutions influence their functioning? What are the principles of effective and legitimate institutional design? Through analysis of well-researched examples ranging from the fabled Dutch `poldermodel', through the transformation of the welfare state, through privatizations of the Dutch telecommunications industry, to the work of welfare officials, these authors demonstrate the interpenetration of normative, empirical and design issues in institutional theory. The book is intended for scholars and graduate students in political science, public policy, public administration, and law.


European Union European Union (EU) Governance Government Institutions Parliament Policy Political Science state

Editors and affiliations

  • Hendrik Wagenaar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationLeiden UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3805-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0963-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7669
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