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Comparing governance approaches for the realization of the EHS: a comparative case-study to measure network effectiveness

Kulve, R.J.H. ter (2009) Comparing governance approaches for the realization of the EHS: a comparative case-study to measure network effectiveness.

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Abstract:This thesis focuses on the effectiveness of different governance approaches for realization of the Ecological Main Structure (EHS) in Overijssel. The thesis shows that various approaches can be effective, although differentially. To measure policy network effectiveness two cases were selected. One Northeast-Twente case network was under the influence of a large network of area-oriented policy, a provincial initiative from 1993 onwards. The other one, located in the Vecht area near Dalfsen was outside this influence and was a different governance set-up by area actors themselves, with the Province steering at a distance. Both cases were found to contribute to realization of the Provincial Ecological Main Structure (PEHS), although this contribution was not the major project goal in both cases. One case network was not found to be more PEHS-effective than the other in a quantitative sense. PEHS-quality nevertheless may be better protected and developed by nature specialists as the private nature conservancy organizations or State Forest Management. PEHS-land ownership by these organizations will possibly create larger entities of nature with a more natural development. This was the major concept behind the Ecological Main Structure of the Nature Policy Plan (NBP) in 1990. But for areas like Northeast-Twente, where land mobility is low and land prices are high, making PEHS-purchases difficult, area brokers working for the Province might help to initiate future PEHS-projects. This will be especially the case when sectoral nature subsidy schemes are integrated in their toolbox. These area brokers were found to be able to influence actor core characteristics of the target group. In the thesis power to act/ capacity was introduced as a fourth core characteristic to explain PEHS-interactions. This variable proved to be an essential theoretical factor to understand interactions in PEHS policy in the two cases. The 2004 provincial choice to use the area-oriented policy set-up for the total Overijssel area will only be legitimate from a PEHS-policy perspective, if these broker activities are stimulated. Both cases finally showed that PEHS-policy will
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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