strategic planning and management for local governments in Flanders.

Project Details


In many Western countries New Public Management has become a buzzword for the public sector. The question to what businesslike instruments and styles can be applied to the public sector has also marked the debate on public sector reforms in FLanders. A customer-oriented government, however, does not necessarily imply that the citizen, as a member of a community, is satisfied as well. This client-citizen dichotomy is shaped by the debate on the need for more professionalism within the public administration on the one hand and the need for more socialization, i.e. public participation, of the policy process onthe other hand. The call for more professionalism is clearly present in Flanders, however. Strategic planning is one of those businesslike practices that is used to induce public organisations to shift emphasis from process accoutability towards a greater accountability in terms of result. This is not only the case for the Flemisch government but also in its relation with local governments. This research project aims at mapping the situaton in Flanders with regard to strategic management in local governments and looks for conditions that are conducive for success. Succes will be defined against the background of the client-citizen dichotomy. Thus, the overall question is how strategic planning affects local public policy in Flanders and whether or not this results into more succesful local policy-making.
Effective start/end date1/01/0731/12/09


  • politicology

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Other social sciences


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