Power and interactive policy-making: a comparative study of power and influence in 8 interactive projects in The Netherlands

J.P.M. van Tatenhove, J. Edelenbos, P.J. Klok

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Abstract

A number of countries use forms of interactive policy-making to increase the influence of citizens on decision making. Since there has also been an increase in citizen participation in The Netherlands over the last decade, in this paper, we provide a comparative analysis of 8 interactive projects initiated by the Dutch central government. The central aim of the paper is to understand processes of power in interactive policy-making. We do so by raising two central questions: ( 1) how do power processes influence the setting-up of a project, the negotiations within a project and the translation of the results of interactive projects into formal decision making circuits?; ( 2) to what extent and under what conditions do citizens and other stakeholders obtain influence in interactive projects, especially in defining problems, selecting solutions/instruments and realizing outcomes? Our findings show there is relatively little translation of the outcomes of the projects in regular decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-626
JournalPublic Administration
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • decision-making
  • participation
  • governance
  • democracy

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