Henk Klaassen (1950) is associate professor of public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Henk Klaassen (1950, Amersfoort) studied Spatial Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). In 1979 he continued his study at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. In 1995 he received his PhD with a thesis on institutional and methodological aspects of policy analysis (Decision making in mutual dependency. The role of a process architect in public projects).
From 1974-1977 he was teacher in mathematics at the Dordtse Schoolvereniging in Dordrecht. In 1977-1979 he became was assistant professor in Regional- and Social-economic Studies of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the EUR. From 1979–1980 he was researcher in Urban Planning, University of California Los Angeles. In 1980 he became senior researcher at the Department of Policy Analysis, Bureau of the Budget, Ministry of Finance. In 1998 he was appointed as associate professor in economics at the department of Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In his research he focuses on policy analysis. Cost benefit analysis and multi criteria analysis are central themes within that field. Other topics are New Public Management, output steering and management control in local governments.
He is member of the Center op Public Management. Henk Klaassen is member of the editorial board of the Dutch Magazine of Public Controlling.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS).