Taco Brandsen (coordinator of WILCO) and two of his colleagues (Willem Trommel and Bram Verschuere) co-author a thought-provoking Policy Brief titled “A European Spring? Addressing the Public Discontent in Society”.
Summary: Governments have difficulty in dealing with rising public discontent. Recent years have seen attempts to encourage and embrace civil society. Surveying empirical evidence from public administration research, we argue that such an approach to public governance is likely to be ineffective and possibly dangerous. The recognition of mutual dependence, a dialogue with the alternative civil society and co-production emerge as more promising directions for restoring public trust.
This Policy Brief is supported by WILCO and the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA).