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A short policy story


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New technologies promise to support the policy making process in a revolutionary way.

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A short policy story

  1. 1. A short policy story Thei Geurts
  2. 2. A short policy story
  3. 3. A short policy story The story shows that policy making is a dynamic process of interaction with the involvement of administrative and other bodies. Both political views and practitioner views must be taken into account. Changes in the political context lead to changes in policies. The story could give the impression that policy making is a linear process. This is not the case in reality. The decision-making process in the public sector is more consultative, collaborative and transparent than in a commercial enterprise. Government officials are required to take the needs of all stakeholders into account. Social groups and their representatives can lobby for certain proposals. Proposals are discussed in Parliament and by means of a process of revision, fine-tuning, and various sign-off steps and ultimately become a final decision, for example, in the form of a law. The process contains various loops and checks and balances to ensure that the consequences for all stakeholders are being considered and a growing insight can be taken into account.
  4. 4. For more information, see: Public Policy Making Public policy making can be characterized as a complex, dynamic, constantly evolving interactive and adaptive system. The process is stakeholder-driven. Actors are engaged in a goal-driven decision-making process and have a great deal of autonomy in the way they organize their work. The process has two dimensions: a political dimension and a production dimension. Policy makers need an infrastructure that seamlessly integrates with regulation-specific sources and services. This infrastructure should be designed for people and built for change. New technologies promise to support the policy making process in a revolutionary way.