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The Scientific Council for Government Policy
(in Dutch: Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid
, WRR) is an independent think tank
A think tank is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, and technology issues. Most think tanks are non-profit organizations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax...
of the Dutch government.
The Council has the objective to supply the government with scientific information on long term social developments. It approaches policy issues in a broad perspective, seeking to identify new potential problems and solutions. The Council falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of General Affairs. The Council has at least five members which are appointed for five years. It consists out of prominent social scientists, economists and legal scholars. André Knottnerus is the current chair, his predecessors were
- Sjeng Kremers (1972-1977)
- Wim Schut (1977-1978)
- Theo Quené (1978-1985)
- Cees de Wit (1985)
- Wil Albeda
Wil Albeda is a former Dutch politician.Albeda was an ARP and CDA politician who had once described himself as a trade unionist. He had long worked at the Christian Federal Building and the CNV. Then he was professor of socio-economic policy in Rotterdam. Albeda was interested in international...
- Frans Rutten (1990-1993)
- Piet Hein Donner
Jan Pieter Hendrik "Piet Hein" Donner is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal . He is the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Cabinet Rutte since October 14, 2010....
- Michiel Scheltema (1998-2004)
- Wim van de Donk
Wilhelmus Bernhard Henricus Josephus van de Donk is a Dutch politician and former academic and civil servant. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal...
- André Knottnerus (2010-2012)
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