In this project of the Center for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE) ongoing research is conducted on the history of advice to Dutch central government by so-called State committees from 1814 to 2014. State committees have been installed by Dutch central government since 1814 to provide expert advice, research and mediation on numerous topics of public interest, ranging widely from infrastructure issues, to education policy, to civil service reform. State committees have, as such, contributed greatly to the formation of government and public service delivery in the Netherlands over the past 200 years.
- Toon Kerkhoff
In the project State committees in the Netherlands 1814-2014, the Center for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE) works together with research students to investigate the origin, numbers, composition and functioning of these committees, the topics they covered and the advice they produced. This offers invaluable information about advice in the public sector in Dutch administrative history. This generates knowledge of continuity and change of Dutch government policy over time (institutions, organization, management), of ‘task perception’ of central government over time, of distinct areas and topics of public policy and public management and of internal and external advice and advisory bodies to Dutch central government.
For more information on the project and its database please visit the Virtual Research Environment of the CPVE.
The project State committees in the Netherlands 1814-2014 has thus far found, described and categorized 208 State committees between 1814 and 1970. In an online research database (in the Virtual Research Environment of the Center for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE)) a "Database Dutch state committees" is presented. This offers an instrument with which to conduct more research. The database consists of the full list of state committees and the location of their reports and is divided in various categories to filter and search. The database will grow as more research is conducted over time.