Self-reflection is a highly developed trait among professional and academic government-watchers. The Dutch have a forty-year history of reports and recommendations for adapting and reforming central government structures and procedures and reforming the electoral system (Citizen Forum on Electoral Reform). Other examples include reports on rebuilding “Thorbecke’s house” of three levels of government and decentralizing some water board functions, recommendations for local government reforms, and, quite recently (February 2010), an Advisory Council of Public Administration report on (the lack of) trust in democracy and other topics of a purely political nature. In addition, academic authors, mainly from political science, sociology, history and public administration, have extensively reflected on the pros and especially cons of the Dutch political and administrative system.
Jacques van Doorn, 2009, Nederlandse democratie. Historische en sociologische waarnemingen, Mets & Schilt, Amsterdam, 479.