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CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis: Dutch (economic) policy-making


  • Edwin van de Haar


As one of the oldest independent fiscal institutions in the world, the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) has a long history of providing evidence for policy-making. Uniquely, its activities include the analysis of election manifestos, the national budget and the coalition agreement, as a derivative from its provision of leading macroeconomic forecasts. This paper analyses the CPB's role within the Dutch political system, its place in public administration and the different methods it employs to provide evidence for policy-makers. It then focuses on two different types of activities, the costing of election manifestos and ageing studies, using a multi-methods approach to illustrate how the CPB's influence extends to setting policy agendas and policy targets, and to reveal critical factors for success and failure. Although the CPB model cannot easily be transposed to other countries, a number of general principles can be deduced from it for application elsewhere.

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  • Edwin van de Haar, 2015. "CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis: Dutch (economic) policy-making," Contemporary Social Science, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(2), pages 182-190, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocxx:v:10:y:2015:i:2:p:182-190
    DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2015.1052540

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    1. Casper van Ewijk & Nick Draper & Harry ter Rele & Ed Westerhout, 2006. "Ageing and the sustainability of Dutch public finances," CPB Special Publication 61, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    2. Coen Teulings & Frits Bos, 2010. "CPB and Dutch fiscal policy in view of the financial crisis and ageing," CPB Document 218, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
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    1. Colignatus, Thomas, 2017. "One woman, one vote. Though not in the USA, UK and France," MPRA Paper 82513, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Nov 2017.

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