Power faces in regional governance

W. Kuindersma, B.J.M. Arts, M.W. van der Zouwen

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The literature on power displays little interest in the subject of regional governance and the literature on governance tends to neglect issues of power. This article aims to reintroduce power into the governance debate. To this end, we adopt Barnett and Duvall’s broad power perspective that includes four faces of power. With this broad perspective, we analyse a regional governance case study on the implementation of nature policy in the Netherlands. Our main conclusion is that each of the four faces of power reveals different aspects of this case, and that only by taking them together can we fully explain the outcome of the case. We also suggest that such a broad analysis of power in regional governance studies would greatly contribute to understanding governance processes and their outcomes in general.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-429
JournalJournal of Political Power
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • governance
  • nature policy
  • power
  • power faces
  • regional governance


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