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Grey area policies : a case study of the COVID-19 curfew in the Netherlands

Pijkeren, Gijs van (2023) Grey area policies : a case study of the COVID-19 curfew in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:In this thesis the central research question is: Is the political decision to enforce a curfew in the Netherlands a case of good governance of evidence or of a wicked problem? In order to find an answer to this question OMT advices, minutes of Second Chamber debates and minutes of court cases regarding the curfew are the focus of analysis. The theoretical frameworks to be used in the analyses are Parkhurst’s (2017) model of good governance of evidence and Head’s (2008) model of wicked problems. From these theoretical models certain aspects are selected and expanded upon to serve as lens of the analysis. There is also a suggested relation between the two models. This relation would be a scale relation, when there is more good governance of evidence the problem becomes less wicked and vice versa. The central conclusion is that little elements of good governance of evidence were found wile wicked problems elements were in abundance. Thus the curfew is a case of a wicked problem. With the elements of the theoretical models that were found in the data cases the suggested relation was not definitively established and thus not true
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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