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Role of the government: public and private come together in hybrid forms of government

The trend in the public sector towards new, more hybrid forms of cooperation to reflect changes in society will be accelerated due to the crisis. This is what Selwyn Moons and Allard Knook foresee. Public and private parties realize that they are dependent on each other and other parties to solve problems in society. 

Cooperation between the public and the private domain – whether or not with the academic world - is not new. We have been seeing this happen for some time now, for instance in the energy transition and innovation domains. ‘Following the whatever-it-takes message of the first package of supporting measures, there was the ‘new-future’ message of the second package. In the future, the role of the government will evidently be substantial, but not without optimal emphasis on the role of the private sector.’ according to Selwyn Moons and Allard Knook. ‘This will lead to more than just a couple of collaborative partnerships, on the contrary, it will lead to new hybrid government forms where public and private meet.’.

From beginning public-private partnerships...

  • Currently, the government acts as the financier of the business sector and within the business sector there is a growing dependency on the government. The question is when the private sector can take over the financing again and the government can remove the trestles.
  • For some time now, the government has worked with market parties and with local authorities and regions to give substance to policy agendas. This is happening, for instance, in the field of energy transition and in the social domain.
  • The implementing bodies of the government have often been criticised. Now, these parties are offering a helping hand to entrepreneurs on a large scale and provide necessary support fast.

…to a much stronger sense of ‘needing each other’

  • The trend towards public and private moving closer together to shape societal changes is strengthened by the crisis. Both parties realize that they are dependent on each other to solve problems in society. Hybrid government forms are now being invented under pressure and will stay after the crisis.
  • It is likely that companies will be expected (not only by politics but also by society) to make an even larger contribution to solving major societal issues like sustainability.
  • Increased recognition of public functions. This applies to UWV but also to sectors like healthcare and education. This may possibly translate into more substantial budgets for these sectors.
  • The government will have to come up with an investment agenda. This may include investments in digitization of their own service provision, education and sustainability
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Selwyn Moons

Selwyn Moons

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)62 216 15 05

Allard Knook

Allard Knook

Partner, PwC Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)63 437 77 85

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