The end of the civil servant stereotype

This week’s Intermediair features an article on the future of work in the public sector, for which I was interviewed (in Dutch).

“The context in which policy- and coordinating civil servants typically work, has become extremely dynamic, both within their organization and in the broader policy field”, says, Caspar van den Berg, associate professor International Governance at the Leiden University and co-author of the book Koers houden in turbulentie, de rol van de overheid of het gebied van infrastuctuur en milieu internationaal vergeleken. “Public sector organizations are forced to take on a more flexible approach and work together more with partners in their networks in order to reach decisions and to make policies. At the same time, pressure for high performance among civil servants, through cutback operations and an increase in performance contracts has unequivocally increased.”

“The demand for data-scientists in the public sector is only going to increase, is Van den Berg’s expectation: “The present big data-revolution is in some ways comparable to the advent of statistic around 1900. Large datasets make is possible to develop policies more quickly and make policy more focused. However, for the coordinating civil servant I do not see drastic changes for the near future. A part is his profession, such as preparing parliamentary meetings, will remained unchanged for the near future.”image001