POWER AND INTERACTIVE POLICY-MAKING: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POWER AND INFLUENCE IN 8 INTERACTIVE PROJECTS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Version of Record online: 1 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Public Administration © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 88, Issue 3, pages 609–626, September 2010
How to Cite
VAN TATENHOVE, J., EDELENBOS, J. and KLOK, P.-J. (2010), POWER AND INTERACTIVE POLICY-MAKING: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF POWER AND INFLUENCE IN 8 INTERACTIVE PROJECTS IN THE NETHERLANDS. Public Administration, 88: 609–626. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.01829.x
- Issue online: 1 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 1 SEP 2010
- Date received 22 May 2008. Date accepted 16 February 2009.
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.