Regional collaborations in the Netherlands and their effectiveness.

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In this thesis, QCA has been applied to the question of institutional regional collaboration, probing (organisational) success factors. Here, the main research question is: To what extent the effectiveness of Dutch regional collaborations can be explained by (a configuration of) organisational features of these collaborations, looking at the different organisational features of many Dutch collaborations which are administrative, economic or managerial, and the experienced regional costs and benefits of these collaborations? Collaboration success has been measured through surveying the estimated costs and benefits of collaboration for administrative, managerial and economic targets for an exhaustive corpus of 72 consortiums, yielding a balanced, albeit rather narrow, spread of more positive and negative outcomes. These outcomes have subsequently been related to 10 organisational conditions of possibility. Rather than attributing success to individual conditions, QCA identifies configurations of conditions. Results reveal two key effective configurations: (1) older consortiums with a clear economic/business focus, and (2) others with a similar focus, with a homogeneous composition, a ‘WGR’ setting and absence of provincial interventions. Some of the results clash with theoretical insights. For instance, the consortium size unexpectedly turns out to have a positive impact, and a strong institutional (WGR) framework manifests a negative impact.
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