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Over the past few decades, the social sciences have evolved into solution-generating sciences. This development is described in the Social Sciences Sector Plan, presented to Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker on Monday 27 October. The social sciences have major social and economic value. This is one of the key conclusions of the report by the independent Social Sciences Sector Plan Committee chaired by Paul Schnabel.

The social sciences are uniquely interconnected with social issues and policy matters, in areas including general and mental healthcare, the labour market, environmental issues, housing, politics and citizenship. The social sciences thus represent an essential high-value contribution to the Netherlands' 'learning economy'.
Among other purposes, the Social Sciences Sector Plan serves as a background document to the Ministry of Education's Science Vision, which is soon to be published.

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Social Sciences Sector Plan