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Record number 541532
Title Entangled in scales : Multilevel governance challenges for regional planning strategies
Author(s) Straalen, F.M. van; Witte, P.A.
Source Regional Studies, Regional Science 5 (2018)1. - ISSN 2168-1376 - p. 157 - 163.
Department(s) Landscape Architecture
Wageningen School of Social SciencesWASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Fuzzy governance - Regionalisation - Scalar problems - The Netherlands

The academic discourse considers the regional scale as an important planning level to provide for spatial objectives that transcend the boundaries of local authorities. Nonetheless, the problem-solving capacity of the regional planning level is still questioned by both academics and practitioners. This paper studies the tension between formal and informal regional governance and its practical challenges for two cases of Dutch provinces struggling with their position in regional governance networks. These cases entail pan-European development (Trans-European Transport Networks – TEN-T) and regional land development (Bloemendalerpolder). It was found that at the metropolitan scale, formal regional planning powers tend to overrule socially produced regional governance arrangements. Simultaneously, regional planning powers lack support of these socially produced arrangements for their interventions. At the same time, at the supra-regional scale, provinces are a logical stakeholder to fulfil a prominent role in regional governance, but often lack the institutional capacity to act as such. We therefore argue that regional planning authorities need to be granted the power and capacity to take up a more centripetal, intermediate role in governance arrangements. This would provide them more capacity to act in disentangling the difficult practical challenges of scalar problems that many regional governance arrangements currently face.

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