Public administration in Brussels


Brussels is like a pressure cooker: the pressure is building. Can the policy of the Brussels institutions stand up to today’s challenges? In an analysis based partly on talks with those involved, authors Professor Jean Hindriks and Joël Van Cauter take stock. We can detect some basic elements of good administration in the management of the Brussels institutions, but there is plenty of room for improvement. The report presents some lines of action and specific measures.


Joël Van Cauter

Joël Van Cauter holds a degree in philosophy (ULB) and economics (UCL). His professional career in collective action comprises three sectors: the political field, as a consultant in a study center or at a communication service; the voluntary sector, at the Red Cross or in collaboration; the social economy in Belgium and Asia.

Jean Hindriks

Jean Hindriks obtained his BA, MA and PhD in Economics at the University of Namur. A former lecturer in economics at the University of Exeter and at Queen Mary, University of London, he is currently professor in Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). He also served as co-director of Centre of Operations Research and Economics (CORE) and as director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics and Management at the UCL. A co-editor of several academic journals and a member of the International Monetary Fund’s panel of fiscal experts, he has published widely and internationally on issues of public economics and political economy. He was à member of the pension reform commission 2020-2040 and is now member of the pension academic council.