De mythe van de terugtrekkende overheid: een verhaal over Europese idealen en erotische tekorten

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    Abstract

    In this paper it is argued that the discourse on the retreating government is a story about mobilizing executive power deemed necessary for enforcing a neoliberal worldview. The intellectual discourse about the retreating government, the argument goes, develops as a radical and neoliberal critique of the Keynesian planning and organization of the enlightenment – an organization that is above all expressed in the postwar welfare state. The Dutch policy discourse, by contrast, is of a practical nature: it is about the organization of the government retreat. In the reconstruction of the policy discourse, as it is manifest in leading policy documents of the Dutch central government, it is observed that this discourse has emancipated from the intellectual discourse. The policy discourse of the retreating government has developed into a financial management discourse, free from European ideals
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)7-15
    JournalBestuurskunde
    Volume2014
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • IR-92023
    • METIS-305426

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