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Citizens' perceptions of governmental responsibilities

Vonk, Jeroen (2019) Citizens' perceptions of governmental responsibilities.

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Abstract:Since 2015, a shift in the division of governmental responsibilities has taken place in the social care domain in the Netherlands. In this decentralization process, several tasks have been delegated from the national government to the municipalities. This paper aims to analyze and explain the correctness of the perceptions of citizens, in regards to the division of responsibilities among the three main layers of government, as identified in the 2018 “Lokaal Kiezersonderzoek” survey. This data set consists of 2643 cases, for which a multiple regression analysis is used to determine the hypotheses. The main research question of this paper is: „To which extent are citizens‘ perceptions of the responsibilities of the various layers of government correct, and which factors explain the level of correctness?“ Furthermore, the focus in this paper will be put on the social care domain, because of the aforementioned shift in governmental responsibilities. It is therefore interesting to find out if the correctness of citizens‘ perceptions of the division of governmental responsibilities in the social care domain has shifted from 2016 to 2018, and if so, which factors can explain this shift. Ultimately, a very limited effect has been found on the mainly incorrect perceptions Dutch citizens hold.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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