Bridges between Research and Policy? The Case of Post-War Immigration and Integration Policies in the Netherlands

Rinus Penninx

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Abstract

Cooperation between researchers and policy-makers is not selfevident: an explication is needed of the basic premises and rules on which such cooperation should be founded. This paper is organised into four parts. First, the question of what the shared assumptions of the two partners involved should be and how a research/policy nexus should be embedded in the wider context of liberal democracy. Second, the question of what function research may have for policy and how it fits into the policy cycle. Armed with theoretical notions deriving from these questions, the third step is to analyse the rich case of relations between research and policy-makers on migration and integration for the period 1945–2005 in the Netherlands. Finally, conclusions are drawn from the Dutch case.

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Penninx, Rinus. Bridges between Research and Policy? The Case of Post-War Immigration and Integration Policies in the Netherlands. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2005, vol. 7, no.1, pp. 33-48. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol7/issue1/art3

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