Ontwerpen van beleid en beleidsproblemen

  • Oscar Van Heffen


The main question of this article is : Which methods ofdesigning a policy are fit to solve or diminish complex and certain, complex and uncertain, simple and certain, simple and uncertain policy problems ? On the basis of a contingency approach hypotheses are formulated with regard to this question. These hypotheses are confronted with the field of Dutch municipal policies for marginal adolescents (in the period 1980-1990).
This study intends to point out:
- that a diagnosis-modelfor designing a policy is appropriate to tackle complex and certain problems;
- that a learning-model for designing a policy is appropriate to tackle complex and uncertain problems;
- that a fitting policy theory is a necessary, but insufficient condition for an effective policy;
- that a lack ofconsensus in the political! environment of the process of designing a policy has a negative effect on the goal attainment, if the opponents of the policy have the power to obstruct the process of implementation;
- that a lack professional qualities of implementers has a negative effect on the goal attainment.

How to Cite:

Van Heffen, O., (1994) “Ontwerpen van beleid en beleidsproblemen”, Res Publica 36(2), p.153-177. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 1994
Peer Reviewed