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Bachelor Thesis: On the legitimacy of regional interinstitutional decision-making structures in the Achterhoek

Buunk, L.G.A. (2018) Bachelor Thesis: On the legitimacy of regional interinstitutional decision-making structures in the Achterhoek.

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Abstract:This research investigates the implications of the establishment of a structure for regional collaboration on the legitimacy of policy-making in the Achterhoek region. Hence the Research question “to what extent does the establishment of the new structure for regional collaboration have negative implications for the legitimacy of policy-making in the Achterhoek region?”. The Achterhoek case is chosen because the researcher is interested in cross-sectoral cooperation in this region in particular and because the topic of the research is highly debated in the region. This research provides some insights which might be useful in this debate. Because the conceptualisation of legitimacy is neither researched nor applied in the Achterhoekian case, this research is relevant. By conducting interviews, the interpretations of legitimacy of the interviewed are found out. In addition to this, the current structure, which is officially in place since the first of July 2018, is analysed in a framework of legitimacy and coss-sectoral partnership theory. It is discussed to what extent the Achterhoekian concept of legitimacy suits the current structure of the collaboration by qualitatively comparing the interpretation of legitimacy by the interviewed with the collaboration structure. It is found out that, on the basis of an aggregation of the data from the interviewed, at least for the interviewed actors the structure is legitimate.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75803
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