Local Government of the Future

Angela Rijnhart

What will a municipality (or something similar) look like in fifty years? That is the main question of the master Public Administration course Institutional Frameworks Local and Regional Governance (IKLRB). In this course, the students set to work with a real future exploration of the institutional design of local government.

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Nano-Challenge 3

Angela Rijnhart


In this course, the participating students develop a scenario for the Dutch local government for the year in which they will retire. Designing a scenario for local government in the Netherlands in 2070 gives you room to explore and elaborate on scary images or ideal images — or realistic vision of a future — in the description of a scenario. What does a utopian future for local government look like? Will Walden by Frederik van Eeden soon become reality at a local level? Implicitly, students are also thinking about the competences of public administration experts in the future. Perhaps this group will soon, in 2070, look back on 2020 as a “tipping point” in the history of Dutch local government? We will see when the results of this foresight study become clear later this academic year.