A study of the regional implementation of the innovative Room for the River policy : a case study of the interaction of different objectives in the implementation of Room for the River in the IJsseldelta region (in the Netherlands)
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|[Netherlands] : [publisher not identified]|
|1 online resource (PDF, VIII, 57 pages) illustrations|
|Student report, Wageningen University, Environmental Policy|
|Msc Thesis||MSc Thesis Environmental Policy - Environmental Sciences - Environmental Policy - Wageningen University|
|Toelichting (Engels)||With Room for the River the Netherlands has responded to near floods. They designed this policy programme with an innovative approach, making room for the river. This approach could also face a number of challenges, of which 1) how it deals with its double objective, 2) the decentralized implementation and 3) how it interacts with other existing policies. This research makes use of a case study approach, the IJsseldelta region, to study the role of these challenges. The main question that follows is how the objectives of that IJsseldelta region interact with the objectives of Room for the River. To find the answer this study makes use of policy theory, more specifically the five stream framework as presented by Howlett et al. (2015). The theory combined with interviewing Room for the River and IJsseldelta actors, resulted in a reconstructed policy process. The analysis of that reconstructed policy process resulted in insights in how the governing levels interacted and how the challenges played a role. The main conclusion is that in this particular case the challenges did play a role. The role of the double objective was shaped by the fact that water safety could not be compromised by spatial quality measures. Also decentralization instruments were identified. However overall, the role of decentralized implementation and other existing policies can be characterized as challenging until, due to coincidental external circumstances, the different objectives came together. The challenges remain to be playing a role in this type of innovative approach.|