© 2003

Economic Assessment of Election Programmes

Does it make sense?

  • Johan J. Graafland
  • Arie P. Ros

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
      Pages 7-20
  3. Economic Methodological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Frank A. G. Den Butter
      Pages 33-44
    3. J. P. A. M. Jacobs, Gerard H. Kuper, Elmer Sterken
      Pages 45-59
    4. Johan J. Graafland
      Pages 61-79
  4. Political Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. S. G. Van Der Lecq
      Pages 83-95
    3. Eduard J. Bomhoff, Leo Van Der Geest
      Pages 107-112
    4. Herman H. H. Van Erp
      Pages 113-125
  5. Assesment of Election Programmes: Conclusions for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Luc Van Liedekerke
      Pages 137-144
    3. Johan J. Graafland, Arie P. Ros
      Pages 145-151
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 153-155

About this book


In the Netherlands, the election programmes of the political parties are assessed for their economic impact by an independent economic bureau. The result of this analysis is published just before the elections take place. In this way, the voter will be protected against political parties that try to win the elections by making popular but unfounded financial promises.

Economic Assessment of Election Programmes contains contributions of several distinguished economists and philosophers who consider the gains of this procedure to society. Does the analysis by the Netherlands' Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) raise the democratic quality of the elections? Can we really be confident in the tools of economics? The last section of this volume states the opinion of representatives of the political parties. This part also clarifies why political parties voluntarily participate in this process and how they perceive the role division between the political party and CPB.


Elections Policy economic policy election voter

Editors and affiliations

  • Johan J. Graafland
    • 1
  • Arie P. Ros
    • 2
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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