What Makes Governance Networks Work? A Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis Of 14 Dutch Spatial Planning Projects

PAMany 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 approach in public administration research – to systematically compare the decision making processes and outcomes of 14 Dutch spatial planning projects. Our analysis points to three combinations that result in stakeholder satisfaction: network complexity combined with adaptive management; stakeholder involvement combined with adaptive management; and low complexity combined with both limited stakeholder involvement and closed network management.

Publication | Verweij, S., Klijn, E.H., Edelenbos, J. & Van Buuren, M.W. (2013). What makes governance networks work? A fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis of 14 Dutch spatial planning projects. Public Administration, 91 (4), 1035-1055.