Category: Academic Articles

What makes governance networks work? A fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis of 14 Dutch spatial planning projects

Many studies have been conducted to determine the conditions that contribute to the satisfactory outcome of decision making processes in governance networks. In this article we explore how the interaction of three such conditions – network complexity, network management, and stakeholder involvement – results in stakeholder satisfaction. We use fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis – a relatively new …

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Critical realism as a meta-framework for understanding the relationships between complexity and qualitative comparative analysis

Many methods are used in research on complexity. One of these is QCA. Although many authors allude to the relationships between complexity and QCA, these links are rarely made explicit. We propose that one way of doing so is by using critical realism as a meta-framework. This article discusses the viability of this approach by …

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Understanding and researching complexity with qualitative comparative analysis: Evaluating transportation infrastructure projects

In the article we propose a complexity-informed framework for evaluating transportation infrastructure projects. The article does this through four steps. First, the properties of infrastructure development projects are discussed. This leads to the conclusion that the specific locality or contextualization of a given project is important for explaining the outcome. Hence, there is a need for an ontology and …

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Management as system synchronization: The case of the Dutch A2 Passageway Maastricht project

In order to deal with complexity, both in science and practice the importance of flexibility and adaptiveness in the design and management of human activity systems is stressed. However, existing frameworks of procedures, practices and rules often require strict planning, design and implementation. These requirements seem to be at loggerheads with one another. In this publication I take …

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Systematische kwalitatieve vergelijkende analyse

Systematische kwalitatieve vergelijkende analyse (SKVA) – of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in het Engels – is in 1987 door Charles C. Ragin geïntroduceerd met zijn boek The Comparative Method. Ragin beoogt met zijn werk een brug te slaan tussen kwalitatief casusonderzoek en kwantitatief variabelegeoriënteerd onderzoek, waarbij hij een synthese van beide onderzoekstypen voorstelt. SKVA staat een vergelijking van …

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