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Citizen participation in post-disaster resilience programs : the cases of Roombeek and Hoboken

Quickert, Mathias (2016) Citizen participation in post-disaster resilience programs : the cases of Roombeek and Hoboken.

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Abstract:This thesis contains the analysis of the citizen participation processes of two postdisaster resilience projects, one in the Netherlands and one in the United States of America. It is hypothesized that a higher degree of citizen participation will lead to a higher effectiveness of the citizen participation process. The contexts of both participation projects were researched thoroughly regarding their organisational structure, development over time, and key decision points. By using historic data and data from interviews and surveys among key informants from both projects, several suspected barriers to an effective citizen participation process were analyzed. The findings are that of the hypothesized variables moderating the relationship between degree of citizen involvement and the effectiveness of the citizen participation process only the knowledgeability of citizens regarding the process topics could be observed. However, in the qualitative study several other potential barriers to effective citizen participation could be drawn up and would require further research. The thesis concludes with lessons learned from the analysis about how to conduct an effective citizen participation process.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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