"After 20 years of mass unemployment: Why we might wish for a parliamentary inquiry", CPB internal note 90-III-38 (html)  (or PDF original)
  • This paper started with a presentation at a parallel session at the conference in honour of prof. W. Albeda "The future of industrial relations in Europe" June 7-8 1990, Maastricht, The Netherlands. The chair was taken by prof. Adriaansens (WRR), and the presentation got a strong positive reaction of professsor Rudolf Meidner (Sweden).
  • When the CPB-directorate was asked to allow publication, there was a strong negative reaction. 
  • At first it was not even allowed that the paper appeared as an internal note. After a meeting with the internal commission of appeal (bezwarencommissie EZ) the directorate however granted this permission, and 90-III-38 appeared on December 18 1990.
  • This paper has also been presented at Ecozoek (economics research day) on May 17 1991, and was presented in that year at the universities of Groningen en Maastricht. There was no reaction.
  • When the CPB-directorate was asked to allow for an internal discussion at the CPB (suggested was to take the lunch hour), then this was denied, because of lack of space and too much demand on equipment.
  • The paper was included as a chapter in Cool (1992), "Definition and Reality in the general theory of political economy, Some background papers 1989-1992", Magnana Mu Publishing & Research, Rotterdam, ISBN 90-5518-207-9
  • The courts granted the CPB-directorate the authority to block the publication process. The courts emphasised that the members of the directorate are professors at universities - though of course they blocked the publication in their capacity of directorate.
  • Since a proper publication process should have the opportunity for internal discussion, I am awaiting this opportunity before a final version is written.
Interestingly, Olivier Blanchard, in his October 1999 Tinbergen Lecture voor de Koninklijke Vereniging voor de Staathuishoudkunde KVS (Dutch Association for Political Economy) also sees a recurrent neoclassical synthesis (to which I add Public Choice Theory for an integral explanation of reality). See the lecture.