Policies in de Polder How Institutions Mediate between Norms and Practices of Rural Governance

W.J. Boonstra

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Abstract

Matching rural policy and practice has become increasingly difficult. Despite a shift from government to governance, a void is often perceived to exist between policy and practice. This article discusses two hypotheses on the emergence of such a void. The first argues that the void is a result of a process of value differentiation. The second explains the void as a result of a process of depoliticisation. This article examines whether these hypotheses hold true for Dutch rural policy. The analysis shows that though both hypotheses are true for a limited extent, neither succeeds in explaining the changes in Dutch (rural) policy on its own. Instead, it is argued that both are needed for a comprehensive analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-317
Number of pages19
JournalSociologia Ruralis
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • civil-society
  • q-methodology
  • power
  • politics
  • participation
  • discourses
  • democracy
  • state

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