Time and space for public policy

On the occasion of the WRR's fiftieth anniversary, Prof. Dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin wrote the essay Time and space for public policy. Prospects for the Scientific Council for Government Policy after half a century of tidal political change. In the essay, Hirsch Ballin analyzes fifty years of long-term advice by the WRR, partly in the light of relevant political changes. Based on this analysis, he then looks ahead. Given the major social issues that the Netherlands will face in the coming years, science-based policy advice is essential for good government policy, also where the longer term is concerned. And in times where everyday reality is leading, a knowledge infrastructure aimed at the long term should not be missing.