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Record number 435195
Title What institutions do: Grasping participatory practices in the water framework directive
Author(s) Behagel, J.H.; Arend, S. van der
Source In: Forest and nature governance: a practice based approach / Arts, B.J.M., Behagel, J.M., van Bommel, S., de Koning, J., Turnhout, E., Dordrecht : Springer (World forests 14) - ISBN 9789400751125 - p. 69 - 88.
Department(s) Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2013
Abstract The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires member states to organise public participation in the implementation of the Directive. In the Netherlands, neither the great effort put into organising such public participation in the WFD nor the numerous participatory processes that have taken place have been evaluated very positively by societal groups. This dissatisfaction leads us to question to what extent it is possible to design and organise participation that the organisers experience as successful and the participants accept as legitimate. In this chapter, we apply the practice based approach to analyse both the organisation of public participation in the Netherlands and the ways in which participants have used and experienced it. The chapter draws on literature on institutional design, practice theory, and public participation in order to describe the practice of participation and the logic it exhibits. The case study of the design and organisation of public participation in the context of the WFD in the Netherlands shows how new participatory institutions were introduced in an effort to reorder the three fields of practice in which participants were situated: the public sphere, the governance network, and the economic sphere. Our findings show that the participants’ logic of practice changed very little. These findings are not to be interpreted as a disincentive for the institutional design of public participation, but rather as a call to policy makers and academics to pay due attention to the fields of practice in which actual or potential participants are entwined and to the principles that implicitly guide these actors’ doings and sayings.
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