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The influence of actor beliefs on unobvious policy decision : Two cases of road developments in Dutch demographic decline regions

Rohaan, I. (2017) The influence of actor beliefs on unobvious policy decision : Two cases of road developments in Dutch demographic decline regions.

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Abstract:New or changed public policy can be developed by governmental authorities, to account for or to respond to certain developments. Policy decisions made in decision-making processes are logically in line with the new or changed policy. In particular cases, policy decisions can be considered unobvious because these do not converge with this policy and are different than expected. This thesis contains an explanatory case study into unobvious policy decisions influenced by actor beliefs, in the case of keep developing new roads in Dutch demographic decline regions, for the De Centrale As and N18 Varsseveld-Enschede in the Dutch demographic decline regions Noordoost Friesland and the Achterhoek. These policy decisions can be partly explained to be not in line with the demographic and regional policies. Demographic policies, developed in response to demographic developments, have not affected the policy decisions for the development of roads in two specific cases. Other actor beliefs about solving local infrastructure problems have played a role in the decision-making by governmental authorities. This research has added that new or changed polices do not immediately lead to other decisions, if the original problems are still there and the development of roads is seen as mean for solving these problems.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73463
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