Resultaten van onderzoek naar effecten van overheidsbeleid

  • Andries Hoogerwerf


This article gives a survey of results of research concerning effects of public policy in the Netherlands. This survey is preceded by a summary of some important American projects (Equality of Educational Opportunity, Head Start, the Negative income tax).
The Dutch research reported concerns effects of educational and housing policy on income distribution, effects of sururbanization policy, participation policy, and still other policies.
In both countries the dominant conclusion is that the goals of public policy are at least partially realized by the means chosen. However, the conclusion that the welf are state is totally f ailing would go to f ar.
Research concerning effects of public policy is still rare. Moreover, it is clear that some goals are realized at least in part by the chosen means.
When public policy appears not to be effective, this can be explained from several factors : the contents of policy and the underlying theory, the policy process, the society, the research, and a view which is too
narrow because it takes only short term effects of one particular policy program into account.

How to Cite:

Hoogerwerf, A., (1979) “Resultaten van onderzoek naar effecten van overheidsbeleid”, Res Publica 21(3), 427-441. doi:

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Published on
29 Sep 1979
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