Policy-Making Reforms and Civil Service Systems: An Exploration of Agendas and Consequences

  • Marleen Brans
  • Diederik Vancoppenolle


The professional and practical policy literature suggests that policy making across the world is confronted with two important trends that at first glance are not easily reconcilable: professionalization and the search for social responsiveness and societal support. Professionalization is aimed at building or rebuilding governments’ capacity for improving the effectiveness of policies by means of better policy design and evaluation. Gathering policy support, the literature suggests, requires communicative or interactive planning to make citizens co-owners of policy goals. Such co-ownership encourages citizens to internalize the goals and hence behave as supportive agents of the desired societal changes. Both developments affect the way in which governments manage their policy processes and deploy resources to support policy choices, that is, to set up support systems for policy capacity.


Civil Service Reform Agenda Policy Cycle Privy Council Policy Capacity 
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  • Marleen Brans
  • Diederik Vancoppenolle

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