This chapter describes Dutch agencies, their autonomy and control, as well as current debates. Most of the data come from a survey we undertook in 2006 (Van Thiel and Yesilkagit 2006) and analysis of government documents and websites.1 Agencification has a longstanding history in the Netherlands, fitting with the corporatist tradition of arm’s-length government and involvement of the civil society in policymaking and implementation. Recently, however, there has been a negative political rhetoric, against agencies. So far, that has not resulted in a substantial decrease in their number but there has been some reshuffling, in particular mergers of agencies.
KeywordsParent Ministry Management Contract Executive Agency Formal Autonomy Legal Identity
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.