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A case study conducted on behalf of the New Synthesis Programme (

Case study Dutch programme ministries

On behalf of the New Synthesis Programme ( me and some colleagues from the NSOB conducted a case study of the two Dutch programme ministry the Labour-Conservative-Christian coalition government established in 2007. Those were meant to create an integrated and holistic approach to tackle the wicked problems of immigration, integration and liveability and of family and youth development.

We concluded that the programme ministries faced two main obstacles. First there were ideological hurdles, as the programme ministers found it hard to ascertain their authority. Second there were practical hurdles, as Dutch government does not yet accommodate whole of government and joined-up government initiatives well, due to rules of the game based on vertical governmental structures.

You can download our case study here.