PhD ceremony: mw. H.D. Tolsma, 16.15 uur, Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Thesis: Bemiddelend bestuur. Juridische aspecten van bemiddeling bij de bestuurlijke besluitvorming
Promotor(s): prof. H.E. Bröring
Administrative decision-making frequently leads to disputes with citizens. Sincein many cases conflicting interests are involved in the decisions to be made,disputes are inevitable. In the Netherlands, as in other countries such as England,France and Germany, administrative authorities are to an increasing extentturning to mediation to avoid or resolve disputes. The reasoning is that if a disputecan be solved at the decision-making stage, court proceedings can be avoidedand decisions can be implemented more quickly. Then the administrativeauthority and the citizen in question can both be spared the costs of bringing acourt action and the time it takes. The restoration of citizens’ trust in the governmentis seen as an additional benefit of mediation.
Mediation by administrative authorities is the topic of this study. In this contextmediation means that during the decision-making process the administrativeauthority in question takes a conflict resolution approach. For example, a publicservant handling a case or an administrator involved in the case may attempt tofind a satisfactory solution. Another possibility is for a mediator to assist theadministrative authority and the citizens involved in negotiating a solution.
This study focuses on a few legal aspects of mediation in the context of administrativedecision-making. As well as discussing theoretical issues, the study alsoexamines mediation in practice. This is not a quantitative empirical study but anexploration of practice in order to supplement theory. The information aboutmediation in practice is derived from evaluation reports of mediation projects atthe Employees’ Insurance and Benefits Office (UWV), the provincial administrationsof Overijssel and Groningen, and the municipal administration ofZwolle. In addition, practical examples of successful mediation have been foundby examining case files.
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