Co creating environmental visions: the collaborative governance dynamics of the NOVEX and the implementation of the NOVI

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This thesis delves into the cooperative NOVEX processes by characterizing them through a collaborative governance lens. This research is set against the inevitable implementation of the ‘Omgevingswet’. This transformative legal structure concerned with the management of the physical domain will be implemented in January 2024. NOVEX is an element of an omgevingswet instrument named NOVI. NOVI emphasizes the importance of governmental collaboration when addressing national spatial planning concerns. To examine the NOVEX processes his study uses the integrative framework for collaborative governance as written by Emerson et al. (2012). Using qualitative methods such as observations, interviews and document analysis, collaborative dynamics are analyzed at three levels: Internal, Interdepartmental, and Intergovernmental. The findings highlight a variety of opportunities and obstacles at each level. Internally there is a willingness to engage, but there is no consistent narrative or clear common goals. Interdepartmentally, account teams create principled engagement across departments, but they confront challenges regarding prioritizing of aims due to the diverging ministry interests. Intergovernmental components of collaborative governance are obvious but need to be refined. Especially, capacity for joint action and principled engagement. There is also improvement needed in transparency, integration, and adaptability, to ensure co-creation and goal attainment. Creating more flexibility in the time planning for the succeeding NOVEX cycle may aid in resolving many of the observed problems. Keywords: NOVEX, Collaborative governance, NOVI, Cooperation
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