‘An English gentleman always plays the game. Until he loses. And then he changes the rules’ (George Bernard Shaw). This chapter is about decision-making by the national government in the Netherlands. In the past ten years a large interest has developed in ‘interactive’ or ‘open’ ways of decision-making. Along these lines, the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment has developed strategies for involving parties that have an interest in the policy at stake. This chapter analyses the assumptions that underlie the ‘open’ strategy as applied by the Ministry, and the extent to which these assumptions are realised in practice. To this purpose the actions of the Ministry in three particular problem areas are chronicled: soil remediation, the reduction of noise nuisance and urban environmental problems.
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- Interactive Policy-Making in the Netherlands
Hink-Jan W. Oosterveld
- Springer Netherlands