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Citizens' Initiatives: How municipalities regulate community self-organisation.

Avest, T.A. ter (2019) Citizens' Initiatives: How municipalities regulate community self-organisation.

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Abstract:This study researches how municipalities regulate wijkbudget distribution, to ensure adequate policy freedom for citizens and adequate control for municipalities. Several similarities between municipalities' legal regimes were found: - First, the regimes place very minimal restrictions in terms of which organisations may fill the position of neighbourhood council (providing relatively much policy freedom for potential neighbourhood councils and little control for municipalities); - Second, the regimes formulate general goals (e.g., improvement of quality of life), creating policy freedom that can be filled in specifically by neighbourhood councils (providing relatively much policy freedom for neighbourhood councils and a limited amount of control for municipalities); - Third, the regimes provide a ‘bare bones’ description of how neighbourhood councils should reach their decisions, while reserving the right for municipalities to intervene in exceptional cases (providing a moderate amount of policy freedom for neighbourhood councils and a moderate amount of control for municipalities); - Fourth, the regimes provide room for neighbourhood councils to formulate additional rules to the municipalities’ regulatory regime (e.g. ‘we shall prioritise initiatives aimed at the interest of the elderly’) at their own discretion (providing a moderate amount of freedom for neighbourhood councils and a moderate amount of control for municipalities).
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79804
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