Enriching the multi-level perspective by better understanding agency and challenges associated with interactions across system boundaries. The case of care farming in the Netherlands: Multifunctional agriculture meets health care

Jan Hassink*, John Grin, Willem Hulsink

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Abstract

The multi-level perspective (MLP) is broadly and successfully used as a framework for understanding transitions. However several aspects need more attention like agency, interactions across system boundaries and multi-regime interactions. We used our detailed and contextualized knowledge and analysis of the developing care farming sector in the Netherlands to increase our understanding of the role of agency and challenges and successful strategies of actors associated with interactions across system boundaries. We used entrepreneurship, institutional entrepreneurship and social movement theory to better understand agency in MLP. Connecting separated sectors, overcoming lack of legitimacy, lack of embeddedness and dealing with different logics were challenges associated with the care farm innovation that transcends system boundaries. Actors with a dual identity and combining entrepreneurial and institutional behavior and actors connecting with embedded actors with corresponding logics were important in overcoming these challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-196
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Care farming
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Legitimacy
  • Multi-functional agriculture
  • Multi-level perspective
  • Transition theory

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