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Record number 428849
Title Performing failure in conservation policy: The implementation of European Union directives in the Netherlands
Author(s) Beunen, R.; Assche, K.A.M. van; Duineveld, M.
Source Land Use Policy 31 (2013). - ISSN 0264-8377 - p. 280 - 288.
Department(s) Land Use Planning
Strategic Communication
Cultural Geography
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) natura 2000 - danube delta - performativity - governance - management - participation - experiences - narratives - politics - network
Abstract We investigate the impact of performances of failure in nature conservation by means of a detailed reconstruction of the implementation of European Union conservation directives in the Netherlands. We distinguish performance and performativity, whereby the latter is the reality-effect of discourses affecting policy, and partly the result of deliberate performance. It is argued that the implementation history in the Netherlands reveals that even long-standing traditions of deliberation and spatial planning can be disrupted as an unintended consequence of international policy implementation. What was intended as a tool to promote long-term planning for nature conservation can in effect undermine both nature conservation and long-term planning. Only a high degree of reflexivity in the planning system can diminish the chances of misconceiving the spaces for negotiation and deliberation that are left open by the EU directives. Otherwise, a combination of unexpected events and unreflected routine responses will in all likelihood produce results highly diverging from the initial ambitions.
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