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Analyzing factors driving innovative policies in flood risk management : an analysis of the European Union, the Netherlands, and Belgium

Vermeulen, T.J.W. (2021) Analyzing factors driving innovative policies in flood risk management : an analysis of the European Union, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

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Abstract:In this bachelor thesis, factors driving and stimulating policy innovation in the field of flood risk management will be analyzed. In a changing climate, new challenges demand innovative solutions, measures, policies and governance structures. This topic is addressed via the analysis of a combination of policy plans on the level of the European Union, the Netherlands, and Belgium, and academic articles and evaluation reports. The academic articles on policy innovation and flood management formed the basis for the theoretical framework that has been set up. The literature study shows the importance of the structure of the policy innovation process, built on monitoring, reflection, and adaption and states the added value of the multi-sector approach. The results make clear that goal-setting, coalition-building, and momentum, based on a shared sense of urgency, are key factors in stimulating innovation. In this process, the distribution of knowledge and experiences to all relevant actors is of key importance in order to learn and successfully innovate. Examples in European, Dutch and Belgian policies and practices show a consistent overview of the need for new forms of governance structures and policies stimulating room for substantive innovation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87633
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