Collaborative Governance in Wageningen

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Cities have become increasingly important in dealing with climate mitigation and adaption. Local governments are increasingly making use of collaborative governance to deal with this. In this research, the climate mitigation strategy of the Dutch city of Wageningen, in which collaborative governance is an important aspect is analysed through the Integrative framework for Collaborative Governance as developed by Emerson, Nabatchi & Balogh (2011) and the Policy Arrangement Approach by Arts & Leroy (2006). This research is a single case study, focussed on the city of Wageningen and its collaborative governance strategy to deal with climate mitigation. Through semi-structured interviews, observations and a policy document analysis, it is determined whether the components of an effective collaboration as proposed by the theories are present in the collaboration in Wageningen. Findings indicate that not all components of an effective collaboration are well-represented. Despite the high motivation and commitment of the partners, the desired results are not yet achieved. This could be due to a lack of rules, protocols and more concrete targets and projects. To be fully functional, the collaborative governance approach will need further improvement. Recommendations as to how these may be addressed are presented at the end of this research.
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